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.
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.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Preventing cancer.
- Preventing heart disease.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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.
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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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.