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Overview InformationSour cherry is a fruit. The fruit and stem of the sour cherry are used to make medicine and food. Of the more than 270 varieties of sour cherry, only a few are important commercially. The Montmorency sour cherry is the most popular sour cherry grown in the US.
Sour cherry is used for osteoarthritis, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, muscle soreness after exercise, diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, and insomnia. It is also used to improve exercise performance, increase urine production, and help digestion.
In foods, sour cherries are eaten as a food or flavoring.
In manufacturing, sour cherry is used to make cherry syrup for drugs with an unpleasant taste.
How does it work?Sour cherry fruit contains ingredients that are thought to reduce inflammation and serve as antioxidants. It also contains melatonin which helps to regulate sleep patterns.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Muscle soreness after exercise. Some research shows that drinking sour cherry juice or taking a sour cherry supplement for 7 days before a long-distance race reduces muscle soreness after the race. Also, taking a sour cherry concentrate or a sour cherry supplement seems to reduce muscle soreness caused by weightlifting. But not all sour cherry products seem to be beneficial. Drinking a blend of sour cherry and apple juice doesn't seem to reduce soreness after exercise in runners or weight lifters.
- Exercise performance. Early research shows that taking sour cherry concentrate can improve jumping, agility, and recovery of muscle strength in athletes taking part in intensive exercise programs. Drinking a different juice blended from sour cherry and apple juice before and after running a marathon appears to decrease symptoms such as cough, sore throat, congestion, and sneezing after the race. Taking a sour cherry supplement before and after running a half-marathon can improve race time by 13% in long-distance runners.
- Fibromyalgia. Early research shows that taking a sour cherry concentrate twice daily for 14 days does not improve pain or muscle strength in women with fibromyalgia who follow an exercise program.
- High blood pressure. Early research shows that taking a sour cherry concentrate decreases systolic blood pressure (the top blood pressure number) but not diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) for 1-3 hours after it is taken. It's not known if this product decreases blood pressure when taken long-term in people who have high blood pressure. It doesn't appear to lower blood pressure in people who do not have high blood pressure.
- Insomnia. Some early research shows that taking a sour cherry juice concentrate, which contains a small amount of melatonin, improves sleep time when used for 1 week. Other early research shows that drinking a blend of sour cherry and apple juice daily for 14 days improves the severity of insomnia and the amount of time awake after falling asleep in older people with long-term insomnia. But this product does not appear to help decrease the amount of time it takes to actually fall asleep in these people.
- Osteoarthritis. Some early research shows that drinking a blend of sour cherry and apple juice twice daily for 6 weeks does not improve arthritis symptoms or the need for rescue pain medicine in people with osteoarthritis.
- Improving digestion.
- Increasing urination.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyThe fruit of the sour cherry is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when eaten as food or used as medicine. It's not known if sour cherry stems or dietary supplements containing the sour cherry stems are safe.
For most people taking sour cherry supplements or drinking sour cherry juice is well-tolerated. Some people have reported loose stools after taking sour cherry products.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: The fruit of the sour cherry is safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women when eaten in normal food amounts. However, it is not known if medicinal amounts of sour cherry fruit, sour cherry stems, or dietary supplements containing the sour cherry stems are safe. Stay on the safe side and stick to sour cherry fruit in food amounts.
Cherry allergy: People who are allergic to cherry should avoid taking sour cherry products.
We currently have no information for SOUR CHERRY Interactions.
The appropriate dose of sour 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 sour 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.
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