MAKE SURE YOUR WORKOUT WORKS OUT.
When it comes to tart cherry juice and recovery, it’s all about anthocyanins! These “flavonoids” are what work in tart cherries to reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress, aiding in the recovery of muscle function. For us non-sciencey types, that means when you break your muscles down through physical activity, the natural stuff in tart cherry juice helps them build back up again, fast.
WHAT SCIENCE SAYS:
A study led by researchers at Northumbria University in the U.K. describes how Montmorency tart cherry juice could be a promising new muscle recovery aid for soccer players following a game or intense practice. The small, double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate supported recovery among semiprofessional male soccer players following a test that simulated the physical and metabolic demands of a soccer game. GEN News
A 2009 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports was performed on 20 runners in the London Marathon who drank 8 oz. servings of Cheribundi twice per day. They found that these subjects realized a number of benefits, including rapid recovery of strength, an 11% increase in their overall antioxidant status, and 49% less inflammation than the placebo treatment.Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science
A 2010 study, titled, “Efficacy of Tart Cherry Juice Blend in Preventing the Symptoms of Muscle Damage” was performed on 14 male student athletes who drank 12 oz. of Cheribundi Tart Cherry* twice a day showed significantly less strength loss (only 3% loss of capacity of eccentric elbow exion contractions) versus those drinking a placebo (24% loss). Those drinking the juice also reported significantly less muscle soreness as opposed to those drinking the placebo (2.4 for cherry juice vs. 3.2 for placebo). Cincinnatisportsmed.com