New Study: Tart Cherries Reduce Post-Race Respiratory Issues
A new study done on marathon runners suggests consuming tart cherry juice could reduce certain post-race symptoms.
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Have you ever experienced the post-race sniffles? A new study done on marathon runners suggests consuming tart cherry juice could reduce those post-race symptoms. The findings are in line with previous studies that have shown tart cherry juice to reduce post-workout inflammation. The study is the first to look into the effects of tart cherry juice on the upper respiratory tract and opens the door to future research that could help endurance athletes. Read more about the study below.
While previous research suggests tart cherry juice may help aid muscle recovery after extensive exercise, a new pilot study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition1 found that Montmorency tart cherry juice reduced upper respiratory tract symptoms associated with marathon running in study participants. Post-race sniffles are a common problem among endurance athletes.
The U.K. research team, led by Glyn Howatson at Northumbria University and Lygeri Dimitriou at Middlesex University, found that marathon runners who consumed the tart cherry juice had lower markers for inflammation than a placebo group at 24 and 48 hours post-marathon, and had no reported incidences of upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTS) up to 48 hours after the race. For the runners who did not drink the tart cherry juice, 50 percent suffered from URTS.
“Many athletes can suffer from colds and sore throats following strenuous bouts of exercise, like marathon running and triathlons. This is the first study to provide encouraging evidence of the potential role of Montmorency tart cherries in reducing symptoms associated with the development of exercise-induced respiratory problems,” said Howatson, who has conducted previous studies on tart cherry juice and exercise recovery. “We should be looking at all the potential ways we can help athletes recover from strenuous exercise, and protection of the respiratory system is another dimension.”
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