Need to know:
- Cherries have been around for a long time; archaeologists have discovered fossilised cherry pits in prehistoric caves throughout Europe and Asia.
- As well as tasting great, cherries are good for your health – they're high in antioxidants, fibre, potassium and vitamin A, C and K.
- They also contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, the source of their vivid colour. These pigments are a type of phytonutrient known as flavonoids, which have been linked to a variety of health benefits — from potential protection against heart disease and cancer to keeping the brain sharp.
- Research indicates that cherries help inhibit enzymes in the body that are associated with inflammation. The compounds in cherries responsible for this have a similar activity as aspirin and ibuprofen and can bring relief to sufferers of joint pain.
- Additionally, cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin, a potent antioxidant that helps improve the body's circadian rhythms and natural sleep patterns, so they can help you sleep easy.