What is it?
Research suggests tart cherry juice or concentrate may help ease muscle pain associated with intense exercise, leading to a growing number of elite athletes and weekend warriors including tart cherry juice in their training routine.
Soreness after a workout is caused by a combination of inflammation, muscle damage and oxidative stress â and researchers suggest the natural compounds in Montmorency tart cherries, including anthocyanins, may aid in faster recovery, decreased muscle pain, and less muscle damage when consumed prior to working out, as well as after.1,2,3
What to do:
Drink either 8 ounces of tart cherry juice or 2 tablespoons. of tart cherry concentrate (taken as a shot or diluted in your water or your favorite beverage) twice a day for at least seven days before a big race or event to help you ease the pain and recovery more quickly. Be sure to enjoy after youâve completed your event, too.
Here are some tips to incorporate tart cherries into your training routine:
- Drink a glass of tart cherry juice before workouts
- Most of the exercise recovery studies have provided participants with two 8- or 12-ounce bottles of tart cherry juice per day, the equivalent of close to 100 Montmorency cherries a day
- Drink an additional glass of tart cherry juice within 30 minutes after you exercise
- Try a post-workout tart cherry smoothie
- Carry some dried tart cherries in your bag for a post-workout snack
For more information, visit http://www.choosecherries.com/tart-tale/7-day-tart-cherry-juice-challenge/