by Mark Miller June 15, 2021
Different scientific studies sometimes find different results for the same phenomenon being examined, but a majority of studies on tart cherry have found that it has benefits for people with sore muscles.
And as a bonus, tart cherry supplements may increase muscle strength and athletic performance, studies have found. It may also help combat gout and act as a body cleanser.
What's not to like?
In one study, in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, researchers gave 355 ml of tart cherry juice and a cherry juice placebo to male and female long-distance runners for seven days before a race .
The study found that those in the placebo group reported less muscle pain relief than those in the group that actually got the tart cherry juice (TC). "Ingesting tart cherry juice for 7 days prior to and during a strenuous running event can minimize post-run muscle pain," the study concluded.
Another study, in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, found similar results . This study, too, used placebos. And it studied the chemistry of muscle damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress.
The study concluded:
The cherry juice appears to provide a viable means to aid recovery following strenuous exercise by increasing total antioxidative capacity, reducing inflammation, lipid peroxidation and so aiding in the recovery of muscle function.
In a commentary about studies of tart cherry and its benefits for athletes in the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports, the reviewers say :
TC lessens pain and accelerates strength recovery after exercise and decreases blood markers of inflammation/oxidative stress. These improvements occur in both strength and endurance exercise. TC supplementation may not be optimal during the adaptation/build stage of training. However, excessive inflammatory/oxidative stress during single-day intense training/competition or multiday tournaments may delay return to peak form. In this stage, where recovery (not adaptation) is the priority, TC may be beneficial. Therefore, for an athlete who has already peaked in training and looking to improve recovery and faster return to competition, TC may be beneficial.
The review says, "Timing and dosage vary widely, but most studies use 8 to 12 oz (1 oz if concentrate form) twice a day, 4- to 5-d loading phase before the event, and 2 to 3 d after to promote recovery."
In other studies, it was found that tart cherry juice can increase the strength of muscles.
A dietitian discusses the benefits of tart cherry.
Healthline reports :
One group of men was given tart cherry supplements or a placebo in the days leading up to and immediately following an intense resistance training session.
Still other research studies have found that tart cherry supplements may also reduce muscle soreness and breakdown, and speed recovery in weightlifters.
VALI's blog has a posting titled Post workout soreness? Here's what to do!  Among the tips are:
The supplement also contains:
Organic Celery Seed
Used for centuries around the world in traditional medicine, celery seeds are a powerful diuretic that help stimulate the urinary system to flush out and release uric acid from the body. Celery is also a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint pain and discomfort.
Rich in anthocyanins and antioxidants to protect against oxidative damage, bilberry helps fight inflammation, is linked to circulatory health, and helps support healthy blood sugar levels.
In addition to its benefits for athletes, studies have found tart cherry juice or supplements can help ward of gout attacks. Buy more cherries in the supermarket or consider taking supplements like the VALI Organic Tart Cherry Extract, which has an advanced anti-inflammatory blend to protect against oxidative stress better than sweet cherries alone.
It should be noted that tart or sour cherries are redder than the darker sweet cherries, which do not have the same healthful advantages of tart cherries.
by Mark Miller July 08, 2021
Beginning an exercise program can be daunting, especially if you have never really been into fitness before.
Some people, when they exercise, strive for a bikini body. If you have a diving bell body, don't fret, you too can be helped by regular exercise. You can look better, but more important feel better if you eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep.
by Mark Miller July 06, 2021
You've heard running can help you slim down, help maintain heart and lung health, and keep your body strong. Those benefits alone can help you feel well mentally.
But did you know that running can also help lift your mood and even ward off depression? It can help you be more creative and productive and feel less stressed out.
No wonder about 50 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, jog or run regularly!
by Mark Miller July 01, 2021
Whatever kind of intense exercise you do, whether running, weightlifting, team sports, or hard work, your body needs rest days.
In fact, Healthline says rest days are just as important as exercise days, and no regimen is complete without both exercise and rest. Rest enhances your energy and restores the body to full capacity.
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