Tart Cherry Aids Runner Performance

Improves Times, Decreases Inflammation




Maridav/Shutterstock.com

A study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity.

The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powdered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a half-marathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run.

The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.


This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Read Our Farmers' Guide Below

Farmers' Market Guide

Buying locally inspires creativity, community sharing and gratitude toward food that is often lost in big box stores and major grocery chains.

Compost Feeds the Soil

Here in North Texas, growing things can be difficult, whether it’s vegetables, grass or shrubs.

Take Wellness to the Next Level with OligoScan

The Thermography Center of Dallas is now 0ffering the OligoScan, which shows in less than five minutes what heavy metals are in the body, as well as 20 important minerals.

Home Infrared Saunas at Nebraska Furniture Mart

Sunlighten, a global wellness company and leader in the infrared sauna space for nearly 20 years, has partnered with Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM), the largest home furnishing store in North America.

Add your comment: