Montmorency tart cherry could help boost sports performance by reducing muscle soreness. Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay explains its benefits, in our Trendy Nutrients A – Z series
‘Tart cherry powder, or montmorency cherry powder is rich in flavanoids, which have antioxidant effects,’ says Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay. ‘It also contains anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties.’
‘It is popular in the sports world because it helps reduce pain and inflammation. Therefore, taking montmorency cherry powder is particularly effective after exercise to promote recovery.’
One study conducted by Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, found that drinking tart cherry juice for seven days before and during a long distance running event could minimise post-run muscle pain.
One group of long distance runners was given tart cherry juice, while the other was given a placebo. The results showed that the runners who drank cherry juice experienced three times less pain during and after the race, compared to those in the placebo group.
‘Montmorency cherry can also help promote relaxation and sleep. Some research has indicated that it increases melatonin production, which will help you sleep better.’
Looking for a nutrient powder that contains montmorency cherry? Try a scoop of the Healthista ‘Glow Food’ nutrient powder daily in a little water or juice, before and during exercise.
Montmorency cherry comes in powder or juice form. Add it to your smoothie, juice and shakes.
Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @rickhayuk
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