Gym rats and other people who regularly exercise to the point of achy may want to toast to their prowess with a cherry cocktail. Another study (funded by a grant from cherry growers) suggests that Montmorency tart cherries can help reduce post workout muscle soreness. The little fruits may even help speed recovery so athletes can hurry back to the gym.
Previous studies have found similar results for people who used cherry supplements during a simulated three-day cycling race, lifting weights and running marathons. This is the first study to examine the cherry's powers to help people who do resistance weight training, according to a release about the research.
Researchers at Texas A&M conducted the double-blind, placebo-controlled study on healthy, resistance-trained men. The men were matched based on the relative strength of their back squat, age, body weight and fat-free mass. Subjects took either capsules with 480 mg of powdered Montmorency tart cherries or a placebo before and after exercising.
The people who took the cherry supplement reported a significant decrease in post-workout muscle soreness compared to the people who took the placebo. Blood test results backed them up, revealing markers that indicated muscle recovery benefits. The research was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.