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Muscle Soreness helped by Tart Cherry Juice

Tart Cherry Juice is no joke! Instead of destroying your gut with NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen, drink 4-8 ounces of tart cherry juice (not from concentrate). Check out Eden Organic for the “healing cherry” juice. They package it in amber glass to protect the antioxidants from light, so you can get maximum post workout pain relief and muscle healing.

Cherry Juice inhibits COX enzyme

According to a study of athletes competing in Oregon’s Hood to Coast Relay, Kerry Kuehl M.D. stated that those runners who took Montmorency cherry juice for one week leading up to race day had less inflammation and faster muscle strength recovery.

Amazingly these often over looked cherries have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food, including well known powerhouses like blueberries and pomegranates. In fact, these particular cherries have the ability because of their anthocyanin content to inhibit the cyclooxygenase (COX) inflammatory pathway in the same manner as ibuprofen and naproxen.

NSAIDs Hurt, Cherry Juice Heals

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work by inhibiting these COX enzymes. However, in the process they also destroy your stomach lining and stress out your kidneys. On the flip side tart cherries are used to actually heal the stomach lining and because of their high level of melatonin can aid in sleep initiation.

As of this writing, there have been no documented hospitalizations from tart cherry juice over consumption. However, there are 100,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths each year due to internal bleeding caused by NSAIDs! I think it is safe to say Montmorency cherry juice would be good substitution for your bottle of ibuprofen.

Dr. Matt Rx: Tart Cherry Juice 4-8 ounces as needed for muscle pain. Unlimited refills.


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Wang, Haibo, “Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory Compounds in tart Cherries,” doctoral dissertation, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 1998

Kerry S Kuehl, Erica T Perrier, Diane L Elliot, James C Chesnutt. Efficacy of tart cherry juice in reducing muscle pain during running: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. May 7, 2010

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