OK, let’s pretend I wasn’t on the bench for four months and unable to write because I was feeling sorry for myself. We’ll start slow: Have you heard the latest scuttlebutt about cherries? Word on the street is…
The medicinal quality of the fruit comes from powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins that have anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect muscles and joints even before an athlete hits the pavement, thereby reducing post-exercise pain.
A study done at Oregon Health and Science University revealed runners who drank cherry juice twice a day for seven days prior to and on the day of a long-distance relay had significantly less muscle pain following the race than those who drank another fruit juice beverage.
So, this is all well and good, but something about cherries feels too feminine; you know? I understand not every cherry is a Maraschino, but still, why couldn’t baked potatoes be the next big thing in runner’s health? Studies show buttery spuds increase kidney function and promote weight loss resulting in a faster recovery rate. That’s what I want to read.
But berries seem to be where it’s at these days. I personally eat three tons of blueberries a week, and I may look like Veruca Salt, but I’ve never felt better. Here’s a few more berry benefits from Runner’s World:
Pain management and the ability to maximize muscle recovery starts before you even put on your shoes. I recommend tart cherry juice to my athletes because it is a natural, anti-inflammatory option that provides additional nutrition value such as antioxidants and carbohydrates.