Overview

Sour cherry (Prunus cerasus), also commonly called tart cherry, is a fruit. The Montmorency sour cherry is the most popular type grown in the U.S.

Sour cherry fruit contains chemicals that might reduce swelling and act as antioxidants. Some sour cherry products are marketed for specific health purposes, but up to 97% of sour cherries grown are used in cooking and baking.

People commonly use sour cherry for muscle soreness after exercise, improving athletic performance, high blood pressure, and other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Possibly Effective for

  • Athletic performance. Taking sour cherry by mouth might somewhat improve muscle strength and endurance.
There is interest in using sour cherry for a number of other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Sour cherry fruit and fruit juice are commonly consumed in foods. Sour cherry fruit extract or powder is possibly safe when taken short-term. Some people might have diarrhea after taking sour cherry products. There isn't enough information to know if sour cherry stems are safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Sour cherry fruit and fruit juice are commonly consumed in foods. Sour cherry fruit extract or powder is possibly safe when taken short-term. Some people might have diarrhea after taking sour cherry products. There isn't enough information to know if sour cherry stems are safe or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Sour cherry fruit is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if medicinal amounts of sour cherry fruit or stems are safe. Stay on the safe side and stick to sour cherry fruit in food amounts.

Interactions ?

We currently have no information for SOUR CHERRY overview.

Dosing

Sour cherry is available in many different forms, including the whole fruit, juice, juice concentrate, powder, and extract. Sour cherry juice is commonly consumed by adults in doses of 240-480 mL by mouth daily. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what type of product and dose might be best for a specific condition.

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