Top 10 Health Benefits of Cherries: A True Superfruit

Cherries are a nutritional powerhouse fruit with so many incredible health benefits. One cup of raw cherries has 87 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Enjoy them now while they are at their peak because their season is way too short. Read on for 10 great health benefits of eating cherries.

Ten Great Health Benefits of Eating Cherries

1. Cherries, known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer.

2. Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles.

3. Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries.

4. Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.

5. Cherries are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss.

6. Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout.

7. Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes.

8. Cherries are a good source of fiber which is important for digestive health.

9. Cherries are a great snack or dessert choice important for weight-maintenance.

10. Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts.

89 thoughts on “Top 10 Health Benefits of Cherries: A True Superfruit”

  1. Cherries have been truly a lifechanger! After developing gout a few years ago, I discovered cherries are one of the best things in not only preventing flare-ups, but in minimizing them once they occur. Certainly tremendous for anyone like me who has had the painful experience of having gout. Reading about the beta carotene and antioxidant benefits for me is simply icing on the cake!

  2. This fruit is so beautiful and a clear example of God’s grandeur. As He is the real creator of all fruit n fruit help us in accordance to their shape resemblance with human body.

  3. Only after reading this i bought cherries & tasted . A wonderful fruit indeed.Thanks for your posting.

  4. Wow! I didn’t know cherries have so much benefits. they are one of my favoriete fruite too. I am glad I found this site. Thank you for the info.

  5. Great to know!! I have a cherry tree in my yard and since they are all ripe right now I really have no choice but to eat them. Good to know what the benefits are 🙂

  6. Great info but one question. As there are two types, sour or tart cherries and sweet ones which ones do you mean when you name ten benefits above? In Turkey, sweet cherries are abundantly and cheaply available now but tart ones are usually used for making juice.

  7. Instead of taking aspirin the next day for soreness after running or working out. I started taking eating cherries and drinking plenty of water. And that works better than any over-the-counter pills.

  8. My favorite flavor and fruit…would rather have cherries than candy as a child. Who knew they were SO healthy????

  9. I suffered from gout and I always have foot pain every time I work out. I experimented eating a handful of fresh cherries everyday for 1 week. The result is amazing! My foot pain was minimized and can do 1 hour of running and walking now in treadmill!

  10. This is a super delicious and sweet treat that I can actually not feel guilty about eating. Especially after working out!

  11. The grocery store had a ton of fresh cherries, nice and ripe last night. While I heard they were good for you, I don’t like them, and I hate anything with pits, so I didn’t get them. I was going to buy the frozen ones to throw in my smoothies since I had read somewhere some time ago that they were good for you (I love looking up nutritional info as I do try to cure a lot of things naturally,) but unfortunately, the package on the frozen ones said they may contain pits.

    Though I don’t have rheumatoid arthritis, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and my symptoms are very similar to rheumatoid arthritis. I am constantly consuming foods to relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. To date, I have had no luck. Maybe cherries will help. If not, if anything, I am confident that there are many diseases I will not get from all the super-healthy foods I eat.

    I will get myself to the store again tomorrow or Wednesday and pick up a ton of cherries, de-pit them and freeze them for my smoothies. I’m sure the sweetness of the apple and red grapes will offset the tartness of the cherries, as they do for the strawberries and blueberries (obviously I don’t care for fruit). If not, I don’t mind my smoothies a bit tart.

    Thank you for the helpful info!

  12. Oops – had I known that what I was writing wouldn’t display in separate paragraphs as I had spaced out properly, I wouldn’t have written a novel above. Sorry!

  13. I am a cherry lover and really believe in their health benefits. This is not something new. Cherries health benefits have been used for centuries. Many old family medical notes and books show that cherries and cherry extract can help gout and other inflammatory problems.

  14. I am eating some as I read this. Was just curious of the health benefits. Wow! This is great to know. The best ones I have so far is from Publix, one our Supermarket chains here in So Flo.

  15. I am a mountaineer and a hiker since long. I have been benifitted by eating this delicate looking fruit. It has all the health benifits mentioned in the text books.

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  18. Cherry is an excellant source of natural fruit given to us to reduce Arthiritis &Gout problems. I am taking any medicine because of cherries. I use to have 50 grams of cherries per day to make comfort of physical & mental work. It really a gods gift. Please any body can take this food for control of diabetis . It is mis understood that Sweet of cherries will increase sugar but actually it is not true. enjoy cherry and experience the benefit.

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  20. “7. Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes.”
    I’d like for people to not group both forms of “diabetes” as a general disease. Cherries or anything else on this planet (or any other) will not “prevent” or reduce the risk of Type 1 diabetes. The correction should be “Eating cherries reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes”. I’m so tired of people telling me to do this or eat that to “reduce” or cure my diabetes. I did like your article, diabetes is just a sore spot for me and I wish people would get more educated about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2. In the most basic terms, Type 1 = No pacreatic function; Type 2 = antibodies attacking the insulin produced by a working pancreas.

  21. really its very good freuit. Daily me along with my daughter n father in law eat it with breakfast. we want some benefits of cherry on GOUT, wil u send me an e-mail

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