More than just tasty

Cherry is very popular as an ingredient for its taste. But more and more trials prove the fruit also has health benefits. Studies have shown tart cherries help with muscle recovery and protect against post-exercise muscle strength loss and soreness.

CherryCraft® is a full spectrum extract from European Tart Cherries. Tart Cherry is known to boost antioxidant power and promote healthy inflammatory responses after intensive exercises. For this reason, this ingredient is popular and widely used in products that support sport recovery and performance. Furthermore, there is scientific evidence that it has antioxidative effects and a positive impact on cardiovascular health.

Vistula vs. Montmorency

IPRONA chooses Vistula cherries for the production of CherryCraft® because of their high levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols, the valuable active components.

The high polyphenol and anthocyanin content in the Vistula raw material makes it possible to standardize CherryCraft® at a higher concentration of both active ingredients than the competitor products. This makes CherryCraft® extracted from Vistula cherry the first choice for your product.

A comparative analysis of Montmorency cherry fruits and Vistula cherry fruits generated some very important and impressive results:


Vistula cherries contain more than twice the polyphenols of Montmorency cherries.


Vistula cherries contain three times more chlorogenic acid than Montmorency cherries.


Vistula cherries contain six times more anthocyanins than Montmorency cherries.


1. Sport Recovery

Tart cherries have been shown in several clinical studies to help in exercise recovery. Consumption of tart cherries can help attenuate muscle soreness, strength decrement during recovery, and markers of muscle catabolism. In 8 out of 9 studies cherry consumption significantly reduced induced muscle pain, soreness and loss of strength in trained athletes.

The observed benefits have been attributed to the presence of highly concentrated phytochemicals like polyphenols and their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.


2. Sport Performance

Short-term supplementation with tart cherries has been shown to improve markers of muscle function, reduce immune and inflammatory stress, and increase performance in trained individuals. Additionally, it has been shown that trained cyclist can benefit from supplementation with tart cherry by lowering blood pressure and improving aspects of exercise performance, specifically end-sprint performance.


3. Cardiovascular Health

Inflammation and oxidative stress are important factors in the development of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. Tart cherry has shown to have anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. Human clinical trials proved that that consumption of tart cherry can lower the levels of systolic blood pressure and markers for cholesterol in adults and have positive effects on cardiovascular health.


Sport Recovery References

Montmorency tart cherry (Prunus cerasus L.) supplementation accelerates recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage in females. Brown MA, Stevenson EJ, Howatson G. European Journal of Sport Science 2019

The Effects of Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate Supplementation on Recovery Following Prolonged, Intermittent Exercise. Bell PG, Stevenson E, Davison GW, Howatson G. Nutrients 2016

Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running. Howatson G, McHugh MP, Hill JA, Brouner J, Jewell AP, van Someren KA, Shave RE, Howatson SA. The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 2010

Efficacy of a tart cherry juice blend in preventing the symptoms of muscle damage. Connolly DA, McHugh MP, Padilla-Zakour OI, Carlson L, Sayers SP. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2006

Sport Performance Reference

Effects of powdered Montmorency tart cherry supplementation on acute endurance exercise performance in aerobically trained individuals. Levers K, Dalton R, Galvan E, O'Connor A, Goodenough C, Simbo S, Mertens-Talcott SU, Rasmussen C, Greenwood M, Riechman S, Crouse S, Kreider RB. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2016

Cardiovascular Health References

Impact of tart cherry juice on systolic blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Chai SC, Davis K, Wright RS, Kuczmarski MF, Zhang Z. Food and Function 2018

Effects of Montmorency tart cherry (Prunus Cerasus L.) consumption on vascular function in men with early hypertension. Keane KM, George TW, Constantinou CL, Brown MA, Clifford T, Howatson G. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2016.

Montmorency Tart cherries (Prunus cerasus L.) modulate vascular function acutely, in the absence of improvement in cognitive performance. Keane KM, Haskell-Ramsay CF, Veasey RC, Howatson G. British journal of Nutrition 2016


This list of clinical studies makes no claims to completeness.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further studies.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


IPRONA AG developed and markets CherryCraft® European Tart Cherry Extract as a raw material so companies can produce products containing CherryCraft® European Tart Cherry Extract. Because this website can be accessed from anywhere with Internet connectivity, the information presented here is intended for informational purposes only and does not necessarily satisfy regulatory requirements of all countries. IPRONA AG makes no claims regarding the use of the finished products. All manufacturers and distributors with whom we do business are responsible for ensuring that the claims of their products comply with all regulatory requirements in effect in the locations in which their products are marketed and sold.

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