The deep red color of cherries is due to high levels of anthocyanins, also found in blueberries, which reduce inflammation and help lower cholesterol. Canned tart or sour cherries and dried sweet cherries both scored higher for antioxidants than the sweet, fresh variety. Tart cherries pack an added bonus: melatonin, which might help regulate sleep cycles.
Along with other berries, raspberries help fight against inflammatory conditions, like gout and arthritis. Their fiber and polyphenols are thought to protect against heart disease, while their high levels of a type of antioxidant called ellagitannins may fight cancer.