Benefits of Cherries:
- Antioxidant Protection
Cherries contain powerful antioxidants like anthocyanins and cyanidin. One study found the antioxidant activity of these substances isolated from tart cherries was superior to that of vitamin E and comparable to commercially available antioxidant products.
Sweet cherries also contain a small amount of quercetin, which is among the most potent in terms of antioxidant activity and a wide range of other health-promoting properties.
- Cancer-Preventive Compounds
Sweet cherries contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids and anthocyanins, each of which may help play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cherry Growers & Industries Foundation.