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Alternative Names

Albaluk, Alubalu, Cerezo Acido, Cerise, Cerise à Tarte, Cerise Acide, Cerise Acide Rouge, Cerise Aigre, Cerise de Montmorency, Cerise Rouge, Cerisier Acide, Cerisier Aigre, Dwarf Cherry, English Morello, Gilas, Ginjeira, Griotte de Champagne, Griottier, Griottier Acide, Guinda, Guinda Acida, Guindo, Montmorency Cherry, Morello Cherry, Olchi, Pie Cherry, Red Cherry, Red Sour Cherry, Richmond, Sauerkirsche, Sauerkirschenbaum, Tart Cherry CAUTION: Please refer to separate listings for Sweet Cherry

Scientific Name

Prunus cerasus

Why Do People Use Sour Cherry?

Oral preparations of Prunus cerasus (Sour cherry), like sour cherry powder, are used for myalgia, osteoarthritis, gout, exercise-induced muscle damage, dyspepsia, insomnia and edema. In Foods Items - Sour cherries are usually eaten as a food or used as a flavoring agent. In Manufacturing Practices - Sour cherry powder is added in preparation of cherry syrup USP for drugs with an unpleasant taste.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Oral consumption of sour cherry powder is thought to be safe when used in amounts commonly found in foods. It can also be used in medicinal amounts. Likely Safe in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Females - Pregnant and Breastfeeding mothers can use sour cherry when it is consumed in usual food amounts. However physicians recommends to avoid using sour cherry’s stem because yet there is limited and unreliable information to rate its safety in both conditions.

How Effective Is Sour Cherry?

There is limited and unreliable information to rate the effectiveness of cherry in one of the following conditions: Insomnia - Initial studies suggest that daily intake of two 8-ounce servings of sour cherry juice for continuously 14 days may enhance the some measures of sleep patterns as compared to placebo in adults aged 65 years and older, who are suffering from chronic insomnia. Consumption of the juice is modestly improves insomnia severity and sleep time. But on other hand, it does not significantly improve sleep latency. A blend of apple juice and sour cherry juice (Tru Cherry Cheribundi, CherryPharm, Inc., USA) has been used for this purpose.

How Sour Cherry Works?

The most effect parts of Prunus cerasus are the stem and fruit. Sour cherry fruit consist of vitamin A, vitamin C, small amount of vitamin E, alpha-linolenic acid, folacin thiamine, beta-carotene and other constituents. Clinical studies also report that it contains a number of antioxidants including quercetin, kaempferol and melatonin. The melatonin constituent seems to differ between various types of sour cherry. Initial studies also confirm that compounds in sour cherry may have anti-inflammatory activity, which is actually 10 times powerful as compared to aspirin but without aspirin's adverse effects. The stem part of the sour cherry further consist of an isoflavone constituent, prunetin 5-O-beta-D-glycopyranoside.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Sour Cherry?

There is no severe side effect reported due to oral or topical consumption of sour cherry.

How Sour Cherry Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Not known.

How Sour Cherry Interacts With Drugs?

Not known.

How Sour Cherry Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Sour Cherry Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Sour Cherry Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Not known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Sour Cherry?

ORAL In order to treat insomnia, a particular juice mixture from whole apple juice (Tru Cherry Cheribundi, CherryPharm, Inc., USA) and Montmorency tart cherries should be taken two times every day in a dosage of 8-ounces.


There are more than 270 different types of sour cherries; however some of them are important and known commercially. These include the Richmond, Montmorency and English morello.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Sour Cherry Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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