What is it?
Research suggests Montmorency 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 Montmorency tart cherry juice in their training routine.
Soreness after a workout is caused by a combination of inflammation, muscle damage and oxidative stress – 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.
What to do:
Drink either 8 ounces of Montmorency tart cherry juice or 2 tablespoons of Montmorency tart cherry juice 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 you’ve completed your event, too.
Here are some tips to incorporate Montmorency tart cherries into your training routine:
Drink a glass of Montmorency tart cherry juice before workouts
Most of the exercise recovery studies have provided participants with two 8- or 12-ounce bottles of Montmorency tart cherry juice per day, the equivalent of close to 100 Montmorency cherries a day
Drink an additional glass of Montmorency tart cherry juice within 30 minutes after you exercise
Try a post-workout Montmorency tart cherry smoothie
Carry some dried Montmorency tart cherries in your bag for a post-workout snack