Tart Cherries May Enhance Endurance Exercise Performance
Previous research has found that tart cherries may help joint health, improve sleep quality, and reduce muscle damage due to exercise. Now a new study has found that tart cherry concentrate may help improve endurance exercise performance.
For their study, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan analyzed data from ten studies with a total of 147 participants. All the studies were randomized, controlled trials with endurance exercise performance testing. Tart cherry juice concentrate in juice or powdered form was taken for 7 days to 1.5 hours before testing.
The researchers found that taking tart cherry concentrate prior to performing endurance exercise significantly improved performance. They believe the benefits seen are a result of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of tart cherries.
The study was published online ahead of print on January 27, 2020 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.