If you engage in high intensity exercise on a weekly basis, like Karen and I, you’ll naturally induce muscle damage.
This generates inflammation, which can lead to burning, stiffness, and mild to severe pain.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just think about the last time you did an intense leg workout after taking some time off.
Sometimes the soreness can last 4 to 5 days.
And the effect worsens with age.
Now a typical protocol for most folks is to use anti-inflammatory over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen (Advil®), but these meds can wreak havoc on your digestive system, your heart, your liver, and your kidneys.
But now there is an “all-natural” alternative.
The anthocyanins and phenols found in tart cherries have been shown to provide protection against muscle injury and damage.
So by eating a hefty dose of tart cherries you can help your body recover faster and reduce joint pain through the anti-inflammatory response.
In fact, according to Life-Extension Magazine, tart cherries deliver a high level of protection against cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and even can fight against Alzheimer’s.
And they cite 75 “published” references to back it up.
Many of them prove tart cherries and tart cherry beverages speed up recovery time from exercise and reduce inflammatory markers significantly.
But there’s even more benefits…to anti-inflammatory fruit
Tart Cherries also contain a hefty dose of naturally occurring melatonin (improves sleep) and they have one of the highest anti-oxidant scores of all fruits and vegetables.
Additionally, they have a glycemic index score of only 20 and they’re super low in sugar.
This means you could snack on tart cherries or consume small amounts of flash-pasteurized tart cherry juice any time of the day to get all the benefits without fat-storage.
Karen and I just added tart cherry juice to our post-workout “Supershake” which contains:
– ½ to 1 cup non-GMO organic coconut milk (remember, the fats in coconut milk are almost all “fast” burning medium chain triglycerides — more details on this in tomorrow’s post)
– 4 oz of “flash-pasteurized” organic tart cherry juice
– 2 scoops BioTrust Low Carb
– 1 serving of Athletic Greens (fruits, veggies, multivitamin, digestive enzymes, and probiotics all in ONE)
– 1 frozen banana or 1 cup of organic berries (weight training days ONLY as used in my
14 Day Rapid Fat-Loss plan)
Give this shake a try and let us know whatcha think.
Keep going strong,