Journal Title (Medline/Pubmed accepted abbreviation): Scan J Med Sci Sports
Page numbers: 615-616
doi (if applicable):10.1111/j.1600-0838.2011.01390.x
Article type: Editorial
Summary of editorial:
Anecdotally, cherries have been associated with health benefits. In the last 12 years, studies have indirectly supported traditional health claims. Cherries contain phenolic compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Preclinical evidence has shown the effects of these properties in animal models of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis. Recently, these effects have also been shown in healthy humans (280 g/day cherries or 480 mL/day tart cherry juice). For athletes, there is an association between cherries and recovery from exercise (decreased muscle damage and rapid return of strength).
Interpretation of findings/Key practice applications:
Optimizing recovery from exercise is key to maintaining an athlete’s health in sports that place excessive stress on participants (eg, physical contact, multiple games in a short time, constant travel). Incorporating cherry juice into recovery strategies is emerging among sports teams. Future studies are required to evaluate the efficacy of this practice.