If you have sore muscles from exercise, you can cure them?or even prevent them?with cherry juice. No, you don’t rub it on your skin, you drink it. And cherries are in season right now.

Cherry juice can reduce muscle pain and damage induced by exercise, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. This is important to know, because this is one problem that has few solutions.

Fourteen volunteers were asked to either drink fresh cherry juice blended with apple juice twice a day for three days before exercise and for four days afterwards, or to drink a dummy mixture containing no cherry juice. You could eat cherries but the juice is more efficient, because it contained the equivalent juice of 50 to 60 cherries. Cherries contain many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents.

The type of exercise these volunteers participated in was the usual kind we all do, such as walking, weight lifting or calisthenics. Those who did more organized forms of exercise (such as lifting weights) used one arm while drinking the real juice and the other while drinking the fake juice. The real juice drinkers still felt pain, but it peaked at 24 hours, then began to diminish, while it continued to increase for those on the dummy mixture for the next 48 hours. The real juice drinkers also experienced much lower pain levels overall, as well as less loss of muscle strength.

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