Used medicinally for thousands of years, cherries can reduce inflammation associated with heart disease and arthritis, lower blood cholesterol levels, encourage restorative sleep, build muscle strength, improve muscle recovery and promote healthy joints. This fruit packs a super food punch that could see your health, strength and running soaring to new heights! One cherry to 103 carrots! A new ORAC 5.0 study has shown that one glass of CherryActive (www.cherryactive.co.uk), a concentrated form of Montmorency cherries, has the same antioxidant level as 103 carrots. (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a method developed to quantify the antioxidant level of food sources). Free radicals are compounds that wreak havoc in our bodies, causing damage to cells and organs. Research shows they contribute to a host of illnesses and diseases, including heart disease and cancer, whilst also speeding up the ageing process. A normal by-product of breathing, free radicals are also found in polluted air, cigarette smoke and over-cooked food. Antioxidants COMBAT these free radicals! Enhancing recovery In March this year, results from a study from the University of Northumbria demonstrated that consuming cherry concentrate enhanced performance and accelerated recovery for endurance cyclists. Lead researcher, Glyn Howatson, explained: “The results showed that cyclists consuming the concentrate had lower inflammation and oxidative stress throughout the trial than those taking the placebo. Reducing muscle pain Research has also indicated that the anti-inflammatory properties of cherries can significantly reduce muscle pain following rigorous exercise. A study by the Oregon Health and Science University in America showed that runners who drank cherry juice before a long-distance relay experienced less muscle pain after the race than those who drank a placebo. Recent research from London South Bank University also showed that after drinking cherry juice, athletes returned to 90 per cent of normal muscle force in 24 hours.
Promoting better sleep Researchers from Louisiana State University found that drinking cherry juice twice a day for two weeks helped increase sleep time by nearly 90 minutes among older adults with insomnia. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Boosting your libido Cherry juice is packed with vitamins A and C, which boost libido in men and women. Vitamin A increases testosterone and oestrogen levels, while vitamin C boosts sexual appetite and increases men’s semen volume.
I am personally a big fan of cherry juice. It really helps my recovery from a tough work out and I do not feel sore the next day! It really is incredible! I was first introduced to it by a close friend from Wing Chun, who was kind enough to cycle a long, long way just to provide me with a sample. I have personally analysed this product and I strongly recommend it to all my patients!
Let me know how you get on with this, I would love to hear from you! If you have an issues, problems or pain then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Zahir Chaudhary. BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), ND, M Ost. Med