The Surprising Health Benefits of Cherries—and the Best Types to Eat

Cherry season has arrived, but are these highly delicious, bite-sized fruits actually beneficial to our health? 

We asked cherry nutrition experts to explain the health advantages of cherries—both sweet and tart—and how to incorporate more cherries into your diet this summer. 

1. They improve your sleep. 

If you're seeking for a natural sleep aid, sour cherry juice or cherry extract may help you fall and stay asleep. 

2. Cherries can help reduce inflammation. 

If you're looking for a plant-based snack that reduces inflammation, go no further than a bowl of delicious cherries. 

3. They can promote heart health. 

Nelson says that heart disease is caused by the hardening of plaque in the arteries, which occurs as part of the inflammatory response. 

4. They may prevent cancer. 

A recent study discovered that black cherry extracts might be utilized in a lab to treat breast cancer cells and assess whether they contain cancer-fighting chemicals capable of inhibiting cell growth. 

5. They can assist you achieve your weight-loss goals. 

According to Nelson, cherries are a good source of fiber in your diet, with 3 grams of fiber per cup (equivalent to one serving).  

6. They can help your skin health. 

If fiber wasn't enough, Nelson notes that cherries are abundant in vitamin C, which is required to form the collagen that makes up your skin. 

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