During a recent chat with Alec Sandusky, a prominent member of the Hanson Marathon Running Team, an interesting tidbit emerged about his daily routine: he sips Tart Cherry Juice throughout the day. Why? To combat the inflammation that often comes with rigorous training.
So, what makes Tart Cherry Juice a favorite for runners like Alec?
Understanding Tart Cherry Juice
Tart Cherry Juice is derived from the Montmorency cherry. While sweet cherries are often eaten fresh, tart cherries are commonly consumed in juiced or dried form. These cherries are packed with various antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
For runners, inflammation is a common side effect of hard workouts. While some inflammation is natural and even beneficial for adaptation, excessive inflammation can hinder recovery and lead to prolonged soreness or even injuries.
Tart Cherry Juice is rich in anthocyanins, compounds that provide its vibrant color and are known for their anti-inflammatory effects. These compounds reduce oxidative stress in the body, which can lead to inflammation. A consistent intake can help mitigate the post-run inflammatory response, making recovery smoother and more effective.
When to Drink?
While Alec sips it throughout the day, most runners can benefit by incorporating a glass of Tart Cherry Juice in their post-run recovery routine. Drinking it post-run can optimize its anti-inflammatory benefits during the critical recovery window. Another option is to have a smaller serving both before and after a run, helping preemptively curb inflammation and then combat it post-workout.
In conclusion, while there are many methods to address inflammation, Tart Cherry Juice offers a natural, tasty, and effective way for runners to boost their recovery. The next time you're looking for a post-run drink, consider reaching for a glass of this ruby-red elixir.
Best wishes on chasing your running goals.