July 31, 2015

How the Rich Can Keep Their Homes, Businesses, Artwork, and Wealth Tax-Free—Forever: Dynasty trusts enable the wealthy to control their assets even beyond the grave.

It’s a common-sense notion that society’s wealth shouldn’t be governed by ghosts. “Our Creator made the earth for the use of the living and not of the dead,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. (Also: “One generation of men cannot foreclose or burthen its use to another.”) But in our new age of inequality—the top 10 percent now own nearly 80 percent of all wealth—old concerns about wealth and inheritance are coming back from the dead.

Americans have, historically, had a simple approach to dealing with wealth after its holder dies: You can do whatever you want with your property, but not for very long. Rich people can disinherit children. They can put extreme conditions on how their successors can inherit, like requiring marriage. They can build monuments to themselves or give everything to their pets. But they can only do it so long. Eventually, time catches up with them and their estates dissolve.

Or at least that’s how it used to be. Remember that the dead can’t actually do any of this themselves because they are, in fact, dead. Instead, a trust is empowered to carry out the last wishes of the deceased. A trust is simply a legal entity that contains property; people tell a trust what they want to do, and the trust acts like a ghost, enforcing their wishes beyond the grave. But there’s a safeguard built in to prevent abuses: Trusts have been governed by something called the rule against perpetuities, which places a roughly 100-year limit on how long they can exist. This prevents people with no connection to the living world from putting restrictions on our country’s wealth.

In recent years, the safeguard of time has been eroded. As the tax expert Ray D. Madoff documents in her 2010 book Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead, we are experiencing a rapid rise of dynasty trusts, which massively expand the power of the dead over the wealth of the living.

To take advantage of a change made to the tax code in the 1980s, states started to radically diminish or outright remove the rule against perpetuities in the 1990s. This resulted in a race to the bottom, with states competing to see which could most effectively restructure their laws to benefit the rich. By 2003, states weakening these rules received an estimated $100 billion in additional trust business. Now, 28 states allow trusts to live indefinitely, or nearly so, creating what are called perpetual dynasty trusts.

Since they’re designed to live forever, dynasty trusts can engage in more controlling long-term activities than normal trusts, which are designed to have an end. Dynasty trusts can also avoid taxes for the term of the trust. A generous multimillion-dollar tax exemption for trusts that skip a generation can be leveraged aggressively. And since the eventual death of the trust isn’t built in, a dynasty trust can buy houses and assets that are retained for descendants, tax-free, by the trust indefinitely. The wealthy can tie up their money, outside of any public obligation or scrutiny, forever. 

Trusts aren’t the only way in which the dead will exercise more control in the future. A 1998 law extended copyright and patent protections far beyond the life of individual creators, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is set to extend that system overseas. Forbesregularly releases a list of the top-earning dead celebrities, ranging from James Dean to Michael Jackson, and they make significantly more than most living, working Americans.

Economist Thomas Piketty warned us against this last year in his blockbuster book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. If left unchecked, he warned, the wealth of “the past tends to devour the future,” becoming more central to the functioning of the everyday economy. Though Piketty focused on abstract economic forces, it’s rules like these that will make the wealth earned in past generations distort and suffocate our economy. And these changes are just the beginning; we’ll soon see more policy innovations enabling the rich to preserve their wealth indefinitely. Indeed, if given the chance, they’ll use the law to turn the economy into a mausoleum for themselves, rather than a resource for the living. 


Police officer shoots and kills 5 month old dog in owners front yard. The owner of the dog is then charged with not having dog on a leash.

A local woman said she's still facing charges after a Clayton County police officer shot and killed her dog. 

"He just shot the dog and stood there with no remorse, no regrets in front of her and her kids," neighbor Aijohli King told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri after she witnessed the shooting from her home across the street. 

Claudette Terry told Viteri she was moving into a home on Pineglen Drive in May when officers stopped by to check on a man sitting in her driveway, a man Terry said was a friend. 

"My son opened the door the dog ran out and kind of stood by me where the other officers were," she said. "He didn't bark, growl or anything."

Terry explained she was already speaking to two other officers when a third officer, Walter Dennard, walked up. In his incident report, Dennard said the family's 5-month-old lab-pit mix ran and lunged at him. 

Witness Brandon Smarr said that's not true. 

"He just took a step back and he just shot at the dog," Smarr said. "And then he started laughing afterward."

"The dog was shaking on the ground," Terry said. "And he walked up to the dog and shot it a second time. He walked closer and shot it a second time." 

Terry said at first she wondered if anyone else was hit by the bullets. 

"When the gun went off, my son went down in the yard crying. I looked thinking my son may have been shot," she said.

The puppy named 8-Ball was friendly, according to friends, and well-loved, especially by Terry's daughter. 

Officer Dennard's file showed several use of force complaints, including a suspension for Tasing a suspect in the neck. But Terry is the one facing charges for not having her dog on a leash or showing rabies paperwork. 

A Clayton County police spokesperson said the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an internal investigation and they cannot comment in the meantime.

This 19-Year-Old Will Spend the Next 25 Years as a Registered Sex Offender

When Les and Amanda Anderson went to pick up their son from a county jail in St. Joseph, Michigan, it was the first time they had seen him in two and half months.
“I was thinking just coming up here it’s like he shouldn’t be here,” Les Anderson said. “This, you know, it shouldn’t be happening.”
Since his release last month, their son Zach Anderson’s freedom has been severely restricted because at just 19 years old, Zach is a convicted sex offender.
Zach was arrested last winter after having sex with a girl he met on the dating app “Hot or Not,” who claimed she was 17. But she admitted to police that was a lie. She was really 14.
If he had known she was so young, Zach said, he never would have met her.
“I wouldn't even have gone to her house, like I literally wouldn't have gone to her house at all,” he said.
As a convicted sex offender, the terms of Zach’s probation are incredibly strict. For the next five years, he is forbidden from owning a smart phone or using the Internet. He is not allowed to talk to anyone under age 17, other than immediate family. He is banned from going to any establishment that serves alcohol and he has to be home before 8 p.m. every night.
“They make me out to be a monster,” Zach said. “I can't even look at life regularly.”
His parents say his punishment is cruel and unusual, and they are waging a very public fight, even setting up a Facebook page, hoping to rally support for their son.
Zach graduated high school just last year. Like many teens, he turned to his smart phone to find a date one night. He says he was on the dating app “Hot or Not” for about a week when he started talking to the 14-year-old.
“[She] was actually the first person I had met up with or anything from that,” Zach said. “I had asked her when we were messaging. I said, ‘How old are you?’ And then she had told me 17… I just got out of high school. So it's two years difference. I didn't think that was a big deal or anything.”
The then-14-year-old girl falsely registered on the “adults” section of the dating app. Zach said after they connected, they flirted through text messages and arranged to meet in her hometown of Niles, Michigan, 20 miles across the state line from Zach’s home in Indiana.
“I had been with one other girl before that,” Zach said. “But she was 18, and I was 18, and I kind of just did it to get, you know, to do it, because I was 18.”
Zach picked the then-14-year-old girl up and they drove to a playground in Niles, where they had sex.
Unbeknownst to them, the girl’s mother had called police that night because she thought her daughter was missing. Two months later, detectives showed up at Zach’s job at a mechanic shop.
“I was in the middle of an oil change and my friend who was working there came into the back and was like, ‘There are two detectives here, Zach. They want to talk to you,'” Zach said. “And my hearts pounding like crazy so yeah I knew something was going down. I told my parents that night.”
Zach was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. After admitting that she had lied about her age, the now 15-year-old and her mother even testified on Zach’s behalf at his trial.

A man raising money for affordable housing by riding his bicycle across America died in Oklahoma Thursday morning after being hit by a woman who was texting while driving

A man bicycling across America to raise money for affordable housing died after being hit by a car in western Oklahoma Thursday morning.
Patrick Wanninkhof, 25, was hit while riding on Highway 152 south of Elk City at 8:05 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He died at the scene.
The OHP said another bicyclist - identified as Bridget Anderson, 22 - was hurt in the same crash. Troopers said she was stable when she was airlifted to OU Medical Center with a leg injury.
According to the trooper's report, Wanninkhof and Anderson were riding west when a westbound 2014 Chevy driven by Sarah Morris, 34, of Cordell hit them. She told troopers she was distracted by looking at her phone when she hit the bicyclists, according to the OHP report. Morris wasn't hurt, troopers said.
The report did not indicate whether Morris will be cited.
Anderson is from Port Orange, Florida. Wanninkhof was from Key Biscayne, Florida, but had been living in the Bronx, New York.
He was part of a group called Bike & Build, whose members ride across the country to raise money for affordable housing. This particular group had stopped in Tulsa on Sunday, July 26, 2015 where they spent time working with Habitat For Humanity.
Tulsa Habitat for Humanity said Wanninkhof was a group leader of the 26-member team that stopped in Tulsa.  
According to his Bike & Build page, Wanninkhof graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2012 with a degree in Materials Engineering. He was then accepted into Teach for America and was teaching Physics and Computer Science at a public performing arts school in the Bronx. He said he earned a Masters in Teaching Adolescent Physics from Fordham University in 2014.
He wrote that he decided to bike from Maine to California after a student told him she and her mom had been moving between relatives' houses every week because they couldn't pay rent. "How on earth could I expect her to give her all to Newton's Laws when she wasn't sure where she'd be sleeping that evening?" he wrote.

How Alcoholism Can Ruin Your Health

Common sense walks out the door when you drink heavily, because you’re risking life and limb by keeping that bottle on your lips. Alcohol is a harmful substance when you don’t know when to stop. Worse still, you maybe can’t stop because alcoholic cravings have taken command of your mind, thus exposing your mind and body to dependency issues.

The Effects of Alcohol on the Liver and Heart

Too much of anything is a bad thing, says the maxim. This is exactly what happens when excess alcohol consumption becomes a way of life. The liver can no longer handle toxins, leading to inflammation and cirrhosis, a medical term that translates to permanent scarring. The heart is damaged as muscles are weakened. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy causes shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat, and numbness in bodily extremities. The heart and liver support blood transportation and filtration. Cut back on alcohol intake and give these organs a chance to recover.

Alcohol Compromises Judgment Choices

Alcohol-related road accidents account for 30 Americans’ deaths every single day, with serious injuries sending many more drivers and passengers to emergency wards. This statistic is a hard-hitting fact, one that informs us of the indirect hazards heavy drinking can have on health. An aggressive criminal defense attorney will deal with the DUI cases generated by alcohol, but you can step in earlier in this downward spiral by taking charge of your consumption levels. If in Texas, for instance, call the Law Office of Eric Harron when you or a relative’s DWI case needs to be fought with passion and authority, but this should be a last option. Become empowered yourself by cutting your drinking habit before it gets you in trouble.

Physiological Changes As Caused by Alcohol

We’re all familiar with the scenario here, yes? A friend drinks through the evening and soaks up the social atmosphere, but he ends up so inebriated that he can’t stand upright. The chemistry of the brain is temporary changed by the mood-altering properties of alcohol. You know you’ll recover in the morning, albeit with a nasty hangover, but these changes can become permanent, resulting in addiction if you binge drink.
On top of this possibility, the brain actually begins to shrink. Typical neurotransmitter levels become disrupted. You can gain a certain amount of tolerance to these detrimental effects, but this apparent benefit is actually another negative effect. The apparent building of tolerance only leads you deeper down into a spiral that terminates in alcoholism because you need more alcohol to reach that drunken state.

When Wondering If These Effects Are Reversible

The simple answer here is it depends. Your genetic makeup can help you bounce back from alcohol damage, and you’ll once again lead a full and healthy life. Some damage can’t be shrugged away so easily. Liver damage is permanent, a condition that can only be resolved by cutting back on healthy activities or putting your name on a transplant list. It’s the same with heart damage.
The answer regarding brain alterations is a little more fuzzy. Heavy drinkers can give up alcohol, but they can also hit bottom, a state of dependency known as alcoholism. Thankfully, detox centers and counseling helps keep an alcoholic away from liquor, though this will be a lifelong battle.
One driver or passenger dies every 51 minutes on our American roads, all because alcohol consumption affects judgment and a foolish, over-the-limit driver gets behind the wheel. Help reduce those figures by remembering where this road leads. This is a metaphorical path to road accidents, to heart disease and a compromised immune system. Stay safe and treat your body like a temple by drinking sensibly or not at all.

10 Anti-Nutrients to Ditch

Right now, there are likely a lot of products in your kitchen that could hurt your chances of reaching micronutrient sufficiency. While some are easy to spot because the micronutrient-robbing ingredients are listed right on the label, other mischievous miracle blockers may be hiding in less obvious places.
Everyday Micronutrient Depleters (EMDs ) are like stealth thieves that pop up in your foods and reduce the amount of micronutrients you will find inside; because of this, they are often referred to as anti-nutrients
Remember, we aren't telling you to simply cut out all of these foods all of the time. Just because a food is listed as containing an anti-nutrient doesn't mean you need to throw it in the trash sack immediately. You may be able to include it in moderation or replace it with a version that follows the proper preparation guidelines.
You see, there are naturally occurring EMDs in some of the "healthiest," most micronutrient-rich foods. Foods like kale, chia seeds, nuts, sweet potatoes, and berries all contain EMDs. Some EMDs can be reduced by proper preparation methods, making the foods safer to consume while allowing you to enjoy them and their micronutrient benefits, as well. Let's take a closer look at the EMDs found in our foods and drinks.
Sugar and High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)    
Nutrients They Deplete: C, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, zinc

Where They're Found: Almost all prepackaged goods in the grocery store under various names
Solution: Give up sugar. 
Phytates (Phytic Acid)
Nutrients They Deplete: B3, D, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc

Where They're Found: Any wheat product, corn, beans, seeds (including flaxseed and chia seeds), nuts, grains (cereals), brown rice, soy products, oats, figs, artichokes, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, strawberries, rice, apples
Solution: Reduce phytates by sprouting, soaking, or fermenting grains, beans, seeds, and nuts.
Oxalates (Oxalic Acid)
Nutrients They Deplete: Calcium, iron, magnesium; Oxalates' ability to bind with calcium sends 1 out of every 1,000 Americans to the hospital annually with kidney stones.

Where They're Found: Spinach, wheat, buckwheat, peanut butter, beets, beet greens, Swiss chard, nuts, rhubarb, beans (green, waxed, or dried), collard greens, sweet potatoes, quinoa, celery, green rutabagas, soy products, white potatoes, okra, tomatoes, sesame seeds (tahini), carrots
Solution: Cook oxalate-rich vegetables. 
Nutrients They Deplete: Lectins are a plant's most powerful weapon. Lectins are sticky proteins that coat your intestinal tract, making it difficult to properly absorb all micronutrients. Lectins also aid in the creation of leaky gut by binding to your intestinal walls and acting like chisels, forcing apart the cells that protect the rest of you from the undigested foods inside.

Where They're Found: Rice, wheat, spelt, rye, barley, soy products, other beans, seeds, nuts, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, hot and bell peppers

Solution: Reduce lectin levels by soaking, sprouting, and fermenting; cooking also reduces levels, but none of these will totally eliminate lectins. (Pressure cooking is the best.)
Trypsin Inhibitors    
Nutrients They Deplete: Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, amino acids (carnitine); digesting too many of these trypsin inhibitors stresses the pancreas and can lead to pancreatitis and even pancreatic cancer

Where They're Found: Soy products, other beans, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables of the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant)
Solution: Cooking deactivates most of them.
Phosphoric Acid
Nutrients It Depletes: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese

Where It's Found: Carbonated sodas, carbonated energy drinks, some flavored waters    

Solution: Omit completely.

Nutrients It Depletes: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, calcium, chromium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, omega-3, omega-6

Where It's Found: Beer, wine, hard alcohol
Solution: Limit to two drinks a day to reduce depletion while gaininghealth benefits
Nutrients It Depletes: A, B9, D, calcium    

Where It's Found: Coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, and chocolate
Solution: Limit to 2 cups a day and replenish calcium. The micronutrient benefits of caffeine-laden beverages may far outweigh the minor depletion. Coffee, for example, is the number-one source of antioxidants in the US diet, containing 300 percent more free radical-fighting antioxidants than even black tea. 
Nutrients They Deplete: B1, B9, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc

Where They're Found: Coffee, tea, red wine, fruit juice, rhubarb, beans (red), lentils, barley (beer), nuts, spices, chocolate, pomegranates, berries, apples, and grape
Solution: If at risk for iron deficiency, avoid consuming tannin-containing beverages at mealtimes.
BPA and Phthalates    
Nutrients They Deplete: Calcium

Where They're Found: Plastic and Styrofoam food containers, water bottles, canned foods, receipts, many children's toys, PVC pipes
Solution: Avoid whenever possible. 
Nutrients It Depletes: Vitamins C and E, chromium, magnesium, selenium, zinc; MSG has been shown to make us leptin resistant—leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full—and causes the secretion of insulin, your fat-storage hormone, which drops your blood sugar and makes you hungrier faster.

Where It's Found: Almost all prepackaged goods in the grocery store under various names.
Solution: Do not consume.

35 Reasons to Boost your Berry Intake

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the bounty of berries: sweet strawberries, beautiful blueberries and tangy raspberries abound at local markets during the summer months, and if you didn’t already love them, we have 10 reasons why you should boost your berry intake now and all year long. Dr. Greger, physician, researcher, and frequent contributor to Care2, recommends eating berries every day for the massive health benefits they offer.
There are many types of berries in season during the summer months. Common berries like strawberries, raspberries, cherries are found easily; but others, like elderberries, currants and gooseberries, are also in season. And while our natural foods markets are always expanding their offerings, it’s unlikely that you will find elderberries or gooseberries at your neighborhood stores. So we’re going to focus on the more common berries, and give you 35 reasons to fall in love with these sweet fruits all over again!

10 Reasons to Savor Strawberries
1. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, which boosts the strength of arteries, prevents bruising, and strengthens your body’s stress glands—the adrenals—which require the highest levels of vitamin C of all organs or glands in your body. One cup of berries contains 160% of your daily needs for vitamin C.
2. Like all plant-based foods, strawberries are high in fiber and can help reduce cholesterol. Strawberries have almost 3 grams fiber/cup of whole berries.
3. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, strawberries can lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of CRP.
4. Strawberries are also good to use on your skin as a natural beauty treatment.
5. Strawberries can help with weight loss, as the anthocyanins actually increase the body’s production of a hormone called adiponectin, which stimulates your metabolism and suppresses your appetite.
6. The high vitamin C content of strawberries and other fruits can help offset some of the symptoms of allergies. An Everyday Health article says that, “vitamin C foods also provide allergy relief by reducing inflammation — the key to underplaying allergies [and] simply put, foods containing vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, apples, and watermelon, counteract the inflammatory allergic response.
7. Strawberries are good for your brain and can protect against Alzheimer’s. New research shows that strawberries contain a high concentration of a compound called fisetin, which has been known for benefits to memory, but has been linked to protect the brain from damage from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Vitamins abound in strawberries! Not only are strawberries rich in vitamin C, they contain good amounts of potassium, manganese, iodine, folic acid and fiber.
9. Strawberries have been shown in studies to regulate blood sugar levels.  Eating one cup of fresh strawberries caused a significant reduction in blood sugar spikes. Blood sugar spikes are linked with weight gain, mood swings, diabetes, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
10. Research shows that high amounts of vitamin C, from fruits like strawberries, can help reduce the incidence of asthma.
10 Reasons to Enjoy Blueberries
1. Blueberries are showing tremendous promise for keeping our brains happy and healthy. Scientific American reports that eating a diet high in flavonoids (which blueberries have in abundance) “may help slow the decline in mental facility that is often seen with aging and might even provide protection against disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”
2. Blueberries help reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, thus making them a great choice for heart health improvement.
3. Blueberries have shown promise for relieving some problems related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Recent research shows that blueberries have an effect on brain chemistry, modulating neurotransmitter levels in the brain and helping with treatment.
4. Blueberries are high in antioxidants. Dr. Weil writes that a half cup of blueberries provides the antioxidant power of five servings of peas, carrots, apples, squash or broccoli.
5. They’re good for the heart: Research shows blueberries are great for the heart, especially for women. Eating three servings of blueberries or strawberries each week can help reduce the chance of heart attacks in women.
6. They may help reduce the risk of diabetes. One of the antioxidants found in blueberries, anthocyanins, which gives them their blue color has been found to lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. People who ate two or more servings of blueberries weekly reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 23 percent in one study. Blueberries are low on the Glycemic Index, so people with diabetes can easily consume them.
7. Blueberries help with weight loss. Want to activate those fat burning genes? Blueberries can do that with the catechins found in them. Eating foods full of catechins will double total weight loss, according to research at Tufts University. Blueberries may even help reduce belly fat.
8. They’re bursting with nutrition: Blueberries contain vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium.
9. Not only are blueberries very high in antioxidants, they are high in Vitamin k and manganese and copper.
10. Blueberries have about 4 grams of fiber per cup, which is great for reducing cholesterol and preventing weight gain.
5 Reasons to Eat your Raspberries and Blackberries
1. All berries are high in antioxidants, but a large study that measured antioxidant content of all foods, blackberries came out as the berry with the highest antioxidant content. Dr. Weil says that raspberries have 50% more antioxidant potential than strawberries; and they are placed in the top 15 of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s best antioxidant sources.
2. Blackberries and raspberries help you build a better poo. Of all the berries, raspberries and blackberries contain the highest amounts at about 8 grams fiber/cup (which is huge, considering that our needs average about 25 grams a day for women and 38 grams a day for men).
3. Packed with vitamin C, raspberries and blackberries are super fruits for their high concentration of ellagic acid. According to Rodale’s Organic Life, ellagic acid is important as an antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and hinders the formation of an enzyme that breaks down elastin and collagen in the skin. This combination creates a one–two punch against wrinkles.” So these little berries are good for us inside and out!
4. While fruits and sugars are often not recommended for those with diabetes, the high fiber content slows the absorption of sugar in the body, making raspberries and blackberries especially a great choice for diabetics as they are considered a low-glycemic fruit.
5. Blackberries and raspberries can help reduce inflammation because of their high anthocyanin content, which helps keep our whole system running smoothly. Inflammation can lead to pain, exacerbate arthritis symptoms, and can generally stress our out body.

10 Reasons to Choose Cherries
1. Cherries are antioxidant-rich fruits, protecting us from damaging free radicals in our body.
2. Cherries and cherry juice can help reduce muscle soreness.
3. Cherries can help with insomnia: cherries contain melatonin, a hormone produced by our bodies naturally that helps regulate sleep cycles. But if our body doesn’t produce enough we can experience trouble sleeping. Research shows that, “consumption of a tart cherry juice concentrate provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”
4. Compounds in cherries can lead to reduced risk of stroke!
5. Cherries can help boost your fiber intake. Like all plant foods, cherries have a good dose of fiber to keep your bowels moving. When pitted, a cup of cherries contains about 2.5 grams fiber/cup.
5. Cherries can help reduce or prevent gout, which is a very painful condition that affects the big toe. The anthocyanins that give cherries their tart flavor might also help relieve the pain associated with gout.
6. Cherries are a great anti-inflammatory fruit and can help prevent joint pain, according to Dr. Weil.
7. They may slow the aging of skin: Antioxidants help the body fight the free radicals that make us look old.
8. They have anti-cancer properties.  Their flavonoid content causes the body to interfere with the stages of development of cancer cells, preventing their ability to multiply.
9. Cherries can help decrease belly fat: “Tart cherries reduced belly fat in a study. Researchers found rats that were fed whole tart cherry powder, in a high fat diet, didn’t gain as much weight or build up as much body fat as rats that didn’t,” according to this Care2 post.
10. They’re good for the heart: Cherries are very high in potassium, which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure and reduces the risk of hypertension. The phytosterols in cherries help reduce bad cholesterol levels.