Think sore muscles post workout are a given? Maybe not, British researchers recently found that people who drank 1 ounce of concentrated cherry juice twice daily for 10 days bounced back faster from their workout, an intensive leg-resistance training session on day 8, than those who skipped the juice. Why? The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in cherries act as natural NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprophen and aspirin), reducing exercise-induced muscle damage.
Other health benefits of cherries;
There are only 4 calories in one cherry, and 74 calories in one cup of cherries. Cherries are low in fat and have a high-water content. Research has shown that increasing water consumption will boost energy levels and increase metabolism.
A recent study from the University of Michigan reveals new evidence linking cherries to heart health benefits. The study found that a cherry-enriched diet lowered total weight, body fat (especially the important “belly” fat), inflammation and cholesterol-all risk factors associated with heart disease.
Cherries are rich in vitamin C and carotene (9 times more than blueberries or strawberries) and potent antioxidants. Carotene is converted to vitamin A and is essential for maintaining good vision.
While there’s no established guideline yet on how many cherries it takes to reap the benefits, experts suggest that 1-2 servings of cherries daily can help provide some of the health benefits identified in the research. So go ahead and hit your local fruit stand and buy up a bunch of cherries! Here is how you can freeze them for the winter months…
Pit fresh cherries. Lay them flat on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen transfer to a freezer bag, remove all air from inside back. Put them back in the freezer to enjoy in the rainy, cherry-less months.
–Rob Williams is a Vancouver based business owner in the health and fitness industry. He is a kinesiologist, posture expert, entrepreneur, health and fitness columnist, presenter, inventor, athlete, father, prominent downtown vancouver personal trainer, coach and mentor to many young athletes in the North Shore community. http://www.williamshealthgroup.com/index.htm