A study that found that athletes who drank the cherry juice recovered faster after Marathon running than a placebo controlled group. In the study 20 marathon runners drank either a tart cherry blend juice of Montmorency cherries or a placebo drink twice a day for five days before taking part in the London Marathon and for two days afterwards. The group who drank the cherry juice recovered their strength more quickly than the control group over the 48-hour period, following the marathon.
Dr Glyn Howatson, exercise physiologist and Laboratory Director in the School of Psychology and Sports Sciences at Northumbria University, who did the study in collaboration with PhD student Jess Hill of St Mary's University College, concluded that cherry juice appears to aid recovery following strenuous exercise by increasing total antioxidative capacity, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, hence aiding in the recovery of muscle function.
"Participating in long-distance endurance events, such as the London Marathon, causes a degree of muscle damage and inflammation for the runners. It takes several days to recover and during that period the runner's ability to conduct physical activity can be vastly inhibited. The phytochemicals, in particular anthocyanins, found in Montmorency cherries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidating properties, which the research has shown to be effective in helping exercisers to recover from strenuous physical activity," Dr Howatson said.
Dr Howatson believes that the findings will not only benefit marathon runners but could also have serious inferences in the treatment of people living with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases like oxidative stress, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
People are increasingly looking at natural remedies to treat their conditions, and the research into tart cherries examines the potential held in natural resources, that can provide therapy for the management of disease, which can help reduce negative symptoms and improve quality of life.