Runners for a Painless Marathon, Try Tart Cherry Juice & Ginger

Tart cherry juice after a marathon might help whisk away some of your aches and pain, new research finds. Since endurance sports can produce damage and inflammation to the muscles, scientists have been trying to determine if antioxidants might reduce this stress. One study had marathon runners drink tart cherry juice (naturally high in antioxidants) before and for two days after the event to see if it would help. The results are in favor of reaching for a glass of cherry.

Some of the research has shown that a diet (not supplements) high in antioxidants may help reduce oxidative stress and increase muscle recovery. However, most of the studies using endurance athletes are small, using only 20 or so people, as is the case with this study. That doesn’t mean that the results are inaccurate, but more research needs to be conducted to come up with a conclusive recommendation.

Regardless, we all should have a diet high in antioxidants to help fight oxidative stress, especially athletes. Cherries are a great source of antioxidants, and research shows tart cherry juice may help you sleep better! While this research looks at cherries for endurance athletes, a previous study found benefit in resistance athletes who ate ginger daily.

Have a variety of these foods high in antioxidants:

  • Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, Kiwi, Strawberries, Bell Pepper, Brussels Sprouts, Tomatoes, CHERRIES!
  • Vitamin E: Wheat germ oil, Almonds, Peanuts, Vegetable Oils
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid (You don’t need this from the diet, our body can make it.): Red meat, Liver, Brewer’s Yeast
  • Carotenoids: Carrots, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Pumpkin, Kale
  • Flavonoids: Berries, Grapes, Red Wine, Chocolate, Tea, Hot Peppers, CHERRIES!
  • CoQ 10: Beef, Chicken, Pistachios, Broccoli, Oranges

Here’s to health with a cherry on top!

 

4 Comments

  • Current research suggest that anti-oxidents in any form whether through supplementation or through diet are completely ineffective. REASON: anti-oxidents (i.e. oxidents which battle the free radicals at the molecular level) are produced on the order of 3 x 10 ^ 23 (3 sextillion) each day. One anti-oxident from any of those sources can only eliminate 1 free radical per oxident therefore you would have to consume an amazing high volume of food or supplementation. What is required is a NRF2 activator which naturally turns on your bodies own defenses like SOD or Catalyse thus enabling your genes to replicate your “survival genes”. This process eliminates free radicals at a rate of approx 1,000,000:1 per second for up to 3 days. For further study and research..I recommend PUB MED (US National Library of Medicine).

  • Interesting opinion regarding antioxidants and maybe they are not necessarily responsible. However, after nearly 10 years of listening to positive feedback from those who drink the FruitFast brand of Tart Cherry Concentrate from Brownwood Acres, there’s absolutely no question regarding its efficacy. Believe me, if your a senior, an athlete or you’re proactive about your joint health, try the CherryFlex or Cherry Concentrate from http://www.brownwoodacres.com/ Help is offered only for the few, not the many.

  • @CherryGuy Great feedback, however I would like to review that research. Right now anti-oxidents are a hot commodity in the marketing world. Even Pepsi now comes with anti-oxidents (not sure how they made that one). If you are familiar with ORAC ratings what you will find is that ORAC is marketing.. not science. The information provided below is in fact research conducted by many universities throughout the US. Anti-oxidents are in fact a complete myth. They dont work and never have. It would be the same situation if I threw a cup of water on a raging fire. Yes, water puts out fire but its the ratio of fire to water that makes the difference. Im not trying to comment directly on this particular product im sure its a fine product. However I would love to see any clinical data or peer reviewed data that validates its effects vs oxidative stress.

  • There’s a tremendous amount of clinical data that has proven over and again the effects of Tart Cherries. Even PubMed has touched on this widely known topic. I would strongly encourage anyone that can read and is in need of joint support to explore this. These studies are easy to find for those who are open to seeing.

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