Sour Cherry Basics



Overview Information

Sour Cherry has fruit and stem that can be used in making medicine and food. Although 270 varieties of this exist, only a few have commercial uses. One of the most popular sour cherries in the US is the Montmorency sour cherry.

It’s useful for osteoarthritis, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, relieving sore muscles, diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, and insomnia. Your exercise performance, urine production, and help digestion can also be improved with this. You can also use this as food to be eaten or as flavoring. It can also be used to create a cherry syrup to make drugs with an unpleasant taste more pleasant.

Sour Cherry has components said to be antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and has melatonin which can help to regulate sleep patterns.


Muscle soreness after exercise. Some studies say that drinking this juice or having its supplements for a week before going to a long-distance race can reduce muscle soreness after the said race or due to weightlifting. However, this isn’t necessarily true as it doesn’t apply to all products of it and drinking a mix of sour cherry and apple juice didn’t reduce the soreness felt by runners or weightlifters.


Exercise performance. Researches claim this can help athletes who are under intensive exercise programs improve on their jumping, agility, and muscle strength recovery. Blended sour cherry and apple juice help decrease symptoms like a cough and congestion after a race if you drink it before and after a marathon. Sour cherry supplements can help shorten race time by 13% with long-distance runners if they take it before and after running.

Fibromyalgia. Consuming this twice daily for two weeks won’t improve pain or muscle strength of women who are under an exercise program and with fibromyalgia.

High blood pressure. If you take sour cherry concentrate, 1-3 hours after you make it, your systolic blood pressure will decrease but not the diastolic. But it’s not known if it can help people who have high blood pressure for long-term and it also doesn’t lower the blood pressure of people without high blood pressure.

Insomnia. Since sour cherry juice concentrate has small amounts of melatonin, it’s said to improve sleep time if you take it for a week. Others say that if you make a blend of sour cherry and apple juice for two weeks daily, it helps with insomnia severity and the time spent awake after falling asleep. However, it doesn’t increase the time needed to fall asleep for insomniacs.

Osteoarthritis. Other studies say that consuming a combination of sour cherry and apple juice for six weeks every day won’t help with your arthritis symptoms and it also won’t reduce the need to take rescue pain medicine for osteoarthritis.

Side Effects & Safety

Most adults can safely consume the fruit of sour cherry or use it as medicine or medicine ingredient. But it’s not known if the stems or supplements with its stems are safe.

While most tolerate consuming sour cherry supplements or drinking sour cherry juice, some may experience loose stools after consuming it.

Special Precautions & Warnings


Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Pregnant or breastfeeding women can safely eat the fruit in reasonable amounts, but it’s not known if the stem is safe, so it’s better to stick with consuming the fruit.

Cherry allergy: If you’re allergic to cherries, avoid sour cherry products.

Interactions? The interactions of sour cherry are not known.


The dosage one can take with sour cherry is dependent on the age, health, and many other factors or conditions. However, the scientific information or research available right now is not yet enough to know the proper dosage for this fruit. Despite being a natural product, it’s not always safe, and it still depends on the dosage. Read and follow the directions on the label of the product and consult your doctor first before using any product.

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