Forget chocolate and jellybeans. Cherries and berries are the only candy you’ll ever need.  Not only are they sweet and delicious, but can also help prevent or relieve a wide variety of health complaints.In fact, many people are adding them to their list of high blood pressure diet foods to support a healthy cardiovascular system.

From antioxidants that fight cancer and heart disease, to bioflavonoids and minerals essential for energy and good bones, the nutrients in cherries and berries benefit your whole body—and come in a sweet, attractive, richly textured package.

Cherries specifically have been shown to lower blood uric levels an average of 15 percent. (High blood uric levels are associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke.)

Similarly, a 1996 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that the flavonoids found in cherries and other purple-colored berries, such as raspberries and blueberries, could actually reduce the risk of death from heart attack in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease.

Now, I hope I don’t have to tell you how to enjoy these amazing fruits. The most obvious is to choose organic options and just enjoy! But, if you are looking for a little adventure, you can add to smoothies, toss into a salad, or sauté in coconut oil with fresh ginger to make a delicious chutney to accompany either chicken or fish.