Cherries are a Summer favorite and can be enjoyed a variety of ways - baked in a pie, cut up and added to yogurt, or just eaten as they are. While they’re delicious and versatile, they also provide a wide variety of health benefits:
One cup of cherries yields 13% of your daily value (DV) of fiber to help keep you regular and increase healthy gut bacteria.
• Vitamin C
18% of your DV of vitamin C can be found in one cup of cherries. It’s useful for boosting your immune system and keeping your skin healthy.
You’ll find 10% of your daily potassium needs in the same one cup serving. This will help support proper nerve function, muscle contraction, blood pressure regulation, and overall heart health.
• Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory
There are plant compounds in cherries that give them their red color but also provide you with benefits like protection against cell damage from free radicals as well as reducing inflammation in the body that can lead to chronic issues.
There aren’t many foods that contain melatonin, but cherries are one of them. This can help keep your sleep patterns regular and lead to a more refreshed self in the morning.
Recovery The multiple antioxidants and polyphenols in cherries have been shown to help speed up recovery from endurance and strength workouts so you can get back to the next session faster.
Vitamins & Minerals Vitamins A, B6, and K, as well as iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese can also be found in cherries.