As runners lace up to take on fall’s marathon mania, some may slow their step due to fear of joint aches. Whether you’re an elite athlete or weekend warrior, running can create a strain on your muscles, which can often indicate damage or debilitating injuries. Instead of popping pills to alleviate pain, try hitting the pantry. According to new research from Oregon Health & Science University, drinking cherry juice could help ease the pain for runners. The study showed that people who drank tart cherry juice while training for a long distance run reported significantly less pain after exercise than those who didn’t. Tart cherries are a tasty, locally grown superfruit packed with antioxidants and natural anti- inflammation power that can aid in your fitness regime. Try adding cherry juice to your protein shakes or mixed with chocolate milk and yogurt for a delicious post- workout boost:
Cherry Chocolate Recovery Drink
4 oz (120 mL) chocolate milk
2 tbsp (30 mL) tart cherry juice concentrate
2 tbsp (30 mL) plain yogurt
1/2 oz (14 g) dark chocolate, melted
1- 2 tsp (5 – 10 mL) maple syrup (optional)
Mix all the ingredients well, chill, and serve.
More recipes and research about the health benefits of tart cherries can be found online at www.choosecherries.com.