Only recently recognized for their valuable antioxidant content, dried cherries contain components called anthocyanins that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Disease Prevention

Tart cherries contain nutrients called flavonoids, which have been shown to help prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer. Cherries may offer protection against age-related diseases.

Ease Arthritis Pain

Whether fresh, frozen or dried, cherries may relieve pain from those suffering from joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis.

Jet Lag Reliever

One of the few known natural sources of melatonin, eating dried cherries may help relieve jet lag. Dried cherries should be eaten one hour before desired sleep time on the flight. After arriving at your new destination, eat cherries one hour before desired bedtime each night for three consecutive nights.

Lowers Cholesterol

Compounds found in dried tart cherries help lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of pre-diabetes syndrome, according to the "Cherry Nutrition Report."

How to Eat Dried Cherries

Dried cherries may easily be substituted in recipes that call for cranberries or raisins. They can be added to oatmeal, salads or soups, or eaten by the handful.