Cereza, Cerise Sauvage, Cerises Douces, Cerisier, Cerisier des Bois, Cerisier Doux, Cerisier des Oiseaux, Cerisier Sauvage, Cherry, Merisier, Merisier des Oiseaux, Prunus avium, Wild Cherry.


Overview Information

Sweet cherry is a fruit. It is used as food and medicine.

People use sweet cherry for cancer, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods, sweet cherry is eaten in jams, jellies, beverages, or used as flavoring.

How does it work?

Sweet cherry contains vitamin C and other chemicals that might act as antioxidants.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Alzheimer disease.
  • Cancer.
  • Diabetes.
  • Gout.
  • Heart disease.
  • High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia).
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet cherry for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Sweet cherry fruit is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when consumed in food amounts or when used as a medicine, short-term. There's not enough information to know if sweet cherry is safe when used as a medicine, long-term. Sweet cherry can occasionally cause allergy in people who are sensitive.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Sweet cherry is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.



We currently have no information for SWEET CHERRY Interactions.



The appropriate dose of sweet cherry depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for sweet cherry. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Acero N, Gradillas A, Beltran M, García A, Muñoz Mingarro D. Comparison of phenolic compounds profile and antioxidant properties of different sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) varieties. Food Chem 2019;279:260-71. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2018.12.008. View abstract.
  • Ballmer-Weber BK, Scheurer S, Fritsche P, et al. Component-resolved diagnosis with recombinant allergens in patients with cherry allergy. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2002;110:167-73. View abstract.
  • Dziadek K, Kopec A, Piatkowska E, Leszczynska T. High-fructose diet-induced metabolic disorders were counteracted by the intake of fruit and leaves of sweet cherry in Wistar rats. Nutrients 2019;11(11). pii: E2638. doi: 10.3390/nu11112638. View abstract.
  • Goncalves B, Landbo AK, Knudsen D, et al. Effect of ripeness and postharvest storage on the phenolic profiles of Cherries (Prunus avium L.). J Agric Food Chem 2004;52:523-30. View abstract.
  • Jacob RA, Spinozzi GM, Simon VA, et al. Consumption of cherries lowers plasma urate in healthy women. J Nutr 2003;133(6):1826-9. View abstract.
  • Kelley DS, Rasooly R, Jacob RA, et al. Consumption of Bing sweet cherries lowers circulating concentrations of inflammatory markers in healthy men and women. J Nutr 2006;136(4):981-6. View abstract.
  • McCune LM, Kubota C, Stendell-Hollis NR, Thomson CA. Cherries and health: a review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2011;51(1):1-12. View abstract.
  • Serrano M, Guillen F, Martinez-Romero D, et al. Chemical constiuents and antioxidant activity of sweet cherry at different ripening stages. J Agric Food Chem 2005;53:2741-5. View abstract.
  • Sisodia R, Sharma K, Singh S. Acute toxicity effects of Prunus avium fruit extract and selection of optimum dose against radiation exposure. J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol 2009;28(4):303-9. View abstract.

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