May 29, 2009
Cherry juice may be the new sports drink
People who drank tart cherry juice while training for a long distance run reported less pain after exercise than those who didn't, U.S. researchers said.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University studied 60 healthy adults ages 18-50, who drank 10.5 ounces cherry juice -- 100 percent cherry juice -- twice a day for seven days prior to and on the day of a long-distance relay. They reported significantly less muscle pain following the race than those who drank another fruit juice beverage.
sports drinkhad a 2-point lower self-reported pain level at the completion of the race -- a clinically significant difference.
Principal study investigator Dr. Kerry Kuehl said the early finding indicate cherries may work like common medications used by runners to alleviate post-exercise inflammation.
For most runners, post-race treatment consists of rest, ice, compression and elevation as well as traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Kuehl said in a statement.
But NSAIDS can have adverse effects, negative effects you may be able to avoid by using a natural, whole food alternative, like cherry juice, to reduce muscle inflammation before exercise.
The findings were also presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Seattle.