Cherries are warming, sweet and sour which make them great for Vata types when they are fresh and juicy. Fresh sweet juicy cherries are good for counteracting dryness therefore they are good for treating constipation – a sign Vata dosha is out of balance.
Sour cherries can be laxative so not good for out of balance pitta dosha – loose stools often indicates excess pitta dosha, and they can create a Pitta imbalance due to the sour and warming qualities.
Cherries stimulate metabolism and Ayurveda views them as a blood nourisher, so good for anaemia. They have beta-Carotene which makes them good for the eyes and liver. They are great for Kapha types experiencing a sluggish lymph as they cleanse the lymph system.
Cherries have both sattvic and rajasic qualities and they nourish Ojas – immunity and vitality. They have good levels of melatonin, so good for helping with a healthy sleeping rhythm (research referred to the sour ones helping achieve better sleep).
They also contain vitamin C – important for your immune system and skin health; potassium – important for you nervous system and many biological processes; fibre – important for the health of your digestive tract (fibre feeds the healthy bacteria). They are packed with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.