You may wonder how something as simple as cherries can have an affect on cancer. Cherries are an anti-inflammatory fruit and inflammation is something we always need to combat. But here is the best part about cherries and cancer. The tartness in cherries comes from perillyl alcohol. Studies suggest perillyl alcohol deprives cancer of the proteins it needs to flourish and grow. In lab tests, perillyl alcohol has done well against advanced breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers. Cherries also contain the photochemicals isoquercitrin and quercetin both of which are known to inhibit colon cancer cells. If you or a loved one are battling any of these cancers, work cherries into yours/their diet.