"In the investigation, 20 marathon runners drank either a tart cherry
blend juice or a placebo drink twice a day for five days before taking
part in the London Marathon and for two days afterwards.
The findings indicated that the group who drank the cherry juice
recovered their strength more rapidly than the control group over the
48-hour period following the marathon. Inflammation was also reduced in
the cherry juice group, as was oxidative stress, a potentially damaging
response that can be caused by strenuous physical activity, particularly
long distance endurance exercise."
"The phytochemicals, in particular, anthocyanins found in Montmorency
cherries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidating properties, which the
research has shown to be effective in helping exercisers to recover from
strenuous physical activity," said Dr Glyn Howatson, exercise physiologist and Laboratory Director in the
School of Psychology and Sports Sciences at Northumbria University.