Tart cherries are packed with potent antioxidants called anthocyanins that give them their deep, dark color and provide numerous health benefits. In addition to promoting cellular health in general, including heart and brain health, they also promote faster recovery of isometric strength and muscle function after exercise. That means faster relief from the minor aches, discomfort, and stiffness that can follow everyday muscle exertion. In addition, Enjoy all the muscle-supporting benefits of tart cherries without the calories. Add Tart Cherry with CherryPURE® to your regimen!
Benefits at a Glance
- Support muscle recovery after exercise
- Faster relief from aches and stiffness associated with muscle exertion
- Lower blood levels of uric acid
- Packed with powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins
- Supported by numerous scientific studies
With nearly 40 scientific studies published on the wide-ranging benefits of tart cherries, scientists are now discovering important new health applications for this American fruit.
Tart cherries are packed with unique beneficial compounds that have been shown to block COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes,1 as well as maintain muscle function and promote rapid muscle recovery after exercise,2-7 bringing faster relief from the minor aches, discomfort, and stiffness that can follow muscle exertion.2,3,8-9 In clinical studies, researchers have confirmed the muscle-supporting benefits of tart cherries. For example, a randomized controlled trial found that consuming tart cherry juice twice daily produced a substantial decrease in muscle symptoms related to exercise. In the same study, the exercise-induced loss of strength over the four days following a workout was reduced from 22% to only 4%.4
In another randomized controlled trial, marathon runners given tart cherry juice for five days before a race, on race day, and for two days after a race experienced significantly faster recovery of isometric strength and muscle function.3 And in yet another controlled trial, tart cherry juice taken twice daily for seven days prior to a race produced a significantly smaller increase in post-race pain, according to a standard pain assessment scale, compared to the placebo group.2
Gout is another type of inflammatory arthritis, and it is associated with higher risks of cardiovascular disease and mortality.10 High blood concentration of uric acid is considered its main pathway.11 A study conducted by scientists at Boston University found that intake of cherry extract reduced the risk of gout attacks in those who suffered recurrent gout attacks by 45%.12 Additionally, the researchers discovered that when cherry intake was combined with allopurinol use, the risk for gout attacks was reduced by 75% versus no intervention. What’s more, these results persisted even across subgroups stratified for sex, obesity status, purine intake, and alcohol use.12 Tart cherries appear to be a natural—and safe—way to inhibit the key gout pathway.
Anthocyanins are powerful molecules that provide the dark pigmentation to blueberries, raspberries, and bilberries.13 In addition to being potent antioxidants, anthocyanins have been extensively studied for their numerous health benefits that include heart and cognitive health.13-15 Tart cherries have a high and varied anthocyanin content.1
Dosage and Use
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- Martin KR, Bopp J, Burrell L, Hook G. The effect of 100% tart cherry juice on serum uric acid levels, biomarkers of inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk factors. FASEB J. April 2011;25 (Meeting Abstract Supplement):339.2.
- Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/Gout/gout_ff.asp . Accessed March 1, 2013.
- Zhang Y, Neogi T, Chen C, Chaisson C, Hunter DJ, Choi HK. Cherry consumption and decreased risk of recurrent gout attacks. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Dec;64(12):4004-11. doi: 10.1002/art.34677.
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