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9 Health Benefits of Cherries

Did you know that this snackable fruit is good for your mind and body? Here are the health benefits of cherries you need to know.

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Improve Sleep

Tossing and turning all night? Try a bedtime snack of crispy toast slathered with cherry jam. A study found that patients who had trouble falling asleep noticed an improvement after three days of eating sweet cherries.

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Reduce Inflammation

Cherries and other stone fruits like peaches and plums are rich in antioxidants. The antioxidant in cherries, along with vitamins C and E, help to lower inflammation in the body, which can lead to chronic disease. Toss some juicy cherries in a bowl of oatmeal for a healthy start to the day.

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Ease Arthritis Symptoms

Because cherries can lower inflammation, they’re especially helpful for those with arthritis. Studies have found that arthritis patients reported less pain and easier movement after incorporating cherries into their diets. Just be sure to avoid these foods if you have arthritis.

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Prevent Blood Clots

A recent study found that eating cherries over a long period of time may decrease the risk of developing blood clots. Researchers need more data before they know for sure but it definitely can’t hurt to start cooking with cherries each week.

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Boost Memory

Cherries are rich in anthocyanins, a compound that gives them their rich, red color and has antioxidant qualities. It has been linked with improved memory and better cognitive function. So go ahead and reach for that second cherry bar; your brain (and taste buds) will thank you.

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Brighten Skin

Get that fresh, bright look with a bowl of cherries each day. Cherries are rich in antioxidants that fight free radical damage; this damage can cause skin to look dull and wrinkled. Give your skin a brightness boost and quench dryness with this hydrating cherry smoothie.

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Decrease Diabetes Risk

If you’ve been cutting sugar out of your diet, indulge in some naturally sweet cherries. They’ll satisfy your craving while improving how your body responds to glucose. Try incorporating cherries into your diabetic meal plan this week.

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Feel Happier

Brighten your day (and your plate) with a daily serving of fresh cherries. When researchers studied the effects of eating cherries on sleep, they found that participants also reported improved moods. Is it any wonder that these mini cherry cheese cupcakes could make you happier?

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Decrease Gout Attacks

If you’ve ever experienced a gout attack, severe pain and swelling in a joint, you’re ready to try anything to prevent it. Turns out eating cherries on a regular basis can lower the risk of gout patients having an attack by 35%. A healthy diet can improve gout symptoms too, so try this Michigan cherry salad for lunch.

Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.