Black cherry extract brings most of the health benefits of the original fruit, according to Mayo Clinic. The health benefits of black cherries include reduced muscle pain after exercise, lowered chances of gout attacks and lowered risk of certain types of cancer.
Although fiber is usually reduced after the extraction process, fruit extracts usually preserve most of the benefits of the fruit, notes Mayo Clinic. Cherries and cherry extracts reduce gout attacks by reducing excess uric acid in the joints, explains Zhang et al. in Arthritis & Rheumatism. In addition to lowered muscle pain, subjects in a British Journal of Sports Medicine study had more muscle strength after taking cherry juice, reports ScienceDaily. Cherries also likely reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, states the American Institute for Cancer Research.