Cherries are part of the same family as plums, peaches and nectarines. Cherries are a source of beta carotene, vitamin C and potassium.
Cherries also contain other beneficial substances, such as quercetin, a flavonoid with antioxidant properties, and cyanidin, which is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects, cherries have been recommended for generations as a remedy for arthritis.
When buying cherries, seek out plump, firm fruit with green stems. 1 cup of sour or sweet cherries equals approx. 130 calories