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10-03-2020, 10:20 AM
This has always intrigued me. Some guys swear by cherry juice. Other guys like me have tried it and the only results was diarrhea [emoji23]

Anyone want to share some experiences?

Eat blueberries, tart cherries, and other dark-colored fruit to reduce DOMS.

Both blueberries and tart cherries have measured up in studies that found they reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and may help recuperate strength faster. These dark-colored fruits have potent nutrients that accelerate the elimination of waste products produced during training.

Tart cherries provide the added bonus of raising the sleep hormone melatonin in the body so that you get better rest. Itís been found to help both good sleepers and those who suffer insomnia.

Other nutrient powerhouses include raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and plumsóall of which may be medicine for sick muscles, though they havenít been specifically tested in exercise studies.

Dietary tip: Avoid drinking milk products at the same time as berries and cherries because thereís evidence that the proteins in milk will inhibit antioxidant activity in the body. Wait at least an hour after a whey protein shake to get your berries.

Recovery of Muscle Function
A 2010 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports examined the influence of tart cherry juice on recovery following a marathon. Twenty recreational marathon runners were assigned to drink tart cherry juice or placebo for five days before, the day of, and 48 hours after a marathon. Numerous markers for muscle damage were examined both before and after the race. Based on the data collected, researchers concluded that tart cherry juice appears to help with recovery of muscle function poststrenuous exercise by increasing total antioxidative capacity and reducing inflammation and lipid peroxidation.

Decreased Muscle Damage and Strength Lost
A 2011 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise examined the effects of a Montmorency cherry juice concentrate or isoenergetic fruit concentrate on 10 well-trained male athletes using a crossover experimental design. Subjects consumed the concentrate for seven days before and 48 hours after unilateral leg exercise. After two weeks, a second trial was conducted on the alternate leg. Results showed that the maximum voluntary contractions during recovery were significantly faster in the tart cherry concentrate group vs placebo. Researchers concluded that cherry juice consumption did improve recovery of isometric muscle strength after an intensive workout. One theory proposed is that the high levels of polyphenols (including flavonoids and anthocyanins) found in tart cherry juice helped lessen the oxidative damage induced by the exercise.

A 2006 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine examined the effects of a tart cherry juice blend vs placebo in 14 male college students. In this placebo-controlled, crossover design study, subjects consumed the tart cherry juice or placebo twice a day for eight consecutive days. On the fourth day of supplementation, subjects performed eccentric elbow flexion contractions. Two weeks later, subjects performed the same exercise, though on the opposite arm and after crossing over their initially assigned supplement. The results found that strength loss and pain were significantly less in subjects consuming cherry juice vs placebo. Strength loss averaged over the four days postexercise was 22% with placebo compared with 4% with the tart cherry juice.

Reduced Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
A 2014 study published in Nutrients looked at 16 trained cyclists who received either Montmorency tart cherry concentrate or placebo twice a day for seven consecutive days. On days five through seven, the cyclists completed a high-intensity 109-minute simulated road cycling race, and researchers measured oxidative stress and inflammation from blood samples collected at baseline, and pre- and postexercise on all three days. Results found that lipid hydroperoxides and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein were lower in the tart cherry concentrate group vs the placebo group. As such, researchers concluded that tart cherry concentrate may indeed help decrease inflammation and oxidative stress induced by intensive exercise.

1. Howatson G, McHugh MP, Hill JA, et al. Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2010;20(6):843-852.

2. Bowtell JL, Sumners DP, Dyer A, Fox P, Mileva KN. Montmorency cherry juice reduces muscle damage caused by intensive strength exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011;43(8):1544-1551.

3. Connolly DA, McHugh MP, Padilla-Zakour OI, Carlson L, Sayers SP. Efficacy of a tart cherry juice blend in preventing the symptoms of muscle damage. Br J Sports Med. 2006;40(8):679-683.

4. Bell PG, Walshe IH, Davison GW, Stevenson E, Howatson G. Montmorency cherries reduce the oxidative stress and inflammatory responses to repeated days of high-intensity stochastic cycling. Nutrients. 2014;6(2):829-843.

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