In terms of nutrition, yes, these deep scarlet stone fruits with sour-to-sweet taste are quite healthy as they are packed with vitamins A, C and K, as well as lush dietary fiber.

In terms of active disease-fighting benefits, cherries are good because they fight cell inflammation. There is still ongoing research, with preliminary findings showing that the antioxidants in cherries have potential anti-inflammation properties that boost cell defense. An individual with good cell defense will heal strained tissue faster than one without such defense.

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Some studies have also revealed the good pain relief qualities of drinking cherry juice on a regular basis. Diverse studies have posited results of reduced pain in the joints, lessened muscle cramps and more endurance for runners who exercise after taking a few pints of cherry juice daily. It all boils down to the antioxidants in cherry fruits, which keep inflammation at bay and lower cell damage during strenuous activities.This is biologically known as exercise recovery.

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If you like eating cherries raw, you may try the sweet variety known as Bing, and if tangy or juice is your option, then the sour Montmorency variety is the best option.

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These two varieties are currently available in the US and Europe. The US cherry season began in California in May, 2023, kick-starting the world cherry season for this year.

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How many cherries should you consume per day? While studies on the number of cherries you may  consume per day differ, most recommend at least 45 cherries daily.