Cherries Aid in Recovery

The fruit's anti-inflammatory powers can help beat muscle pain

Skip aspirin or ibuprofen after a long run. Tart cherries may be better for beating muscle pain, according to a study from Oregon Health and Science University. Researchers found racers who consumed cherry juice immediately following a long run had 23% less pain later on than guys who didn't. Chugged regularly, the juice's potent anti-inflammatory powers could also help to deter arthritis and heart disease, the researchers say. Look for 100 % cherry juice with nothing added.

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