Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that
helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles. Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries. Cherries are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss. Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout. Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes. Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts. Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.
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