Cherries are a rich source of quercetin, hydroxycinnamates, vitamin C, anthocyanins, potassium, carotenoids and melatonin. The potent mix of compounds in cherries has antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. In some people, regular consumption may reduce inflammation, ease arthritic pain and gout, protect against heart disease, reduce risk of diabetes and insulin resistance, improve sleep patterns and cognitive function and speed recovery after training. More research is needed.
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