THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD USE TART CHERRY JUICE FOR RECOVERY By Beth Shutt | April 30, 2019, 11:18 a.m. (ET)

By now, most people are familiar with the use of tart cherry as a means of recovery but what are the more nitty gritty details that you need to know? 

WHY: The benefits of tart cherry, at this point, are relatively established and quite impressive! The functional compounds in tart cherry have been shown to be both antioxidants (that fight the oxidative stress caused by strenuous training) and anti-inflammatories. For the athlete, this means an accelerated return of muscle function and less muscle soreness following training and racing. There is also evidence to show that tart cherries contain melatonin, which provide the added benefit of improving sleep efficiency, a good index of sleep quality. Combined, these benefits make it a recovery powerhouse, in fruit form! 

Probably the greatest appeal of tart cherry, though, might be the fact that it offers a risk-free alternative to medicinal or supplement interventions and is relatively inexpensive. If, at the end of the day, tart cherries do not live up to the research findings, the downside is only that you have consumed an extra serving of fruit.

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