Cyclists who are preparing for race day may have a new sports drink to give them an edge in recovery: tart cherry juice. A new study published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found that Montmorency tart cherry juice helped accelerate recovery, maintain muscle function and reduce certain markers of exercise-induced inflammation among a group of cyclists participating in a simulated road race.
New study reveals Montmorency tart cherry juice accelerated recovery after intense cycling.
Credit: Cherry Marketing Institute
The Cherry Marketing Institute, a not-for-profit organization, provided financial support for the analysis of inflammatory indices. All other elements of the study were funded by Northumbria University, and the University of Ulster, U.K. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.