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Polyphenol-Rich Cherries Boost Exercise Recovery

Montmorency cherries may boost the recovery of muscle strength after intensive exercise.  The benefits of are reportedly related to antioxidant activity, which may reverse the oxidative damage which can be induced by exercise.

Seven days of cherry juice consumption preceding and following intensive exercise produced a significant increase in recovery for knee extension maximum voluntary contractions.  The study supports a number of other studies reporting the potential benefits of cherry, and tart cherries in particular.

According to the study in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise:

“Montmorency cherries contain high levels of polyphenolic compounds including flavonoids and anthocyanins possessing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects ... Montmorency cherry juice consumption improved the recovery of isometric muscle strength after intensive exercise”.