Cherry Juice Reduces Upper Respiratory Problems After Marathon Run

Upper respiratory infections are common following competitive marathon running. Extreme levels of exercise cause general body inflammation and suppress the immune system. British researchers found that marathon runners who took cherry juice after a race showed reduced inflammation as measured by levels of C-reactive protein, immunoglobulin A, immunoglobulin B, and a reduced incidence of upper respiratory infections compared to a placebo (fake cherry juice). Cherry juice is the real deal for protecting muscle tissue from damage during intense exercise ranging from marathons to monster weight-training workouts. Chemicals in cherry juice, such as flavonoids and anthocyanins, prevent muscle oxidative damage and inflammation associated with exercise recovery. Cherry juice might be useful for reducing sports injuries, preventing upper respiratory infections and promoting recovery. (Journal International Society Sports Nutrition, 12:22, 2015)

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