We hear so much about the health benefits of eating colourful fruits and vegetables with high antioxidant levels.· Sour cherries have been identified as a source of several important nutritional compounds, including antioxidants such as anthocyanins. They have among the highest antioxidant levels, as high as blueberries.
Antioxidants can counter the damage caused by free radicals. The strength of an antioxidant compound is measured in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units. The more oxygen radicals a food can absorb and deactivate, the higher its antioxidant strength and the higher the ORAC score.
Consuming foods rich in these compounds can lower the risk for disease, stimulate the immune system, protect brain neurons from damage and help slow the aging process.