A recent scientific study, has shown that it might be time to pop your cherry juice cherry. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it appears that drinking cherries may make you a better athlete; maybe even a better person if Lance Armstrong is anything to go by.
In this cherry of a study, 16 cyclists were randomly split into two groups. One group drank 35mL of Montmorency tart cherry concentrate twice daily for eight days, while the other group consumed a similar tasting placebo drink. Yummy! On the fifth day both groups completed an intense cycling session replicating road race demands.
Following the intense cycling, the group that consumed the cherry juice supplement did not exhibit a decrease in muscle strength, or cycling economy, while the placebo group did. Additionally, markers of DOMs were lower in the cherry juice group.
All in all, this was by no means an awesome study, but it suggests that regular cherry juice supplementation might improve recovery and if you cycle, run, or play any sport at a competitive level it may provide you with a slight edge over those damned opponents of yours. We’ll provide a more comprehensive review on the topic at the end of the week, but for the time being consider this an appetiser.
Our verdict: slightly healthful (based on weak data).
I hope this has been healthful. Your thoughts?