Sweet Cherry

Other Name(s):

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

Sweet cherry is a fruit. The fruit of the sweet cherry is used as food and medicine.

Sweet cherry is used to prevent cancer and diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease). It is also used to treat osteoarthritis and gout.

In foods, sweet cherries are eaten as a food or flavoring.

How does it work?

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

Uses & Effectiveness

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet cherry for these uses.

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Side Effects

Eating the fruit of the sweet cherry is safe for most adults, when consumed as food. It is not known if sweet cherry is safe when used for medicinal purposes. Sweet cherry can occasionally cause allergy in people who are sensitive.

Special Precautions & Warnings

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

Dosing

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.

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Reviewed on 6/14/2021
References

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.

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.

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.

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