Abstract Title:

Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running.

Abstract Source:

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2010 Dec;20(6):843-52. PMID: 19883392

Abstract Author(s):

G Howatson, M P McHugh, J A Hill, J Brouner, A P Jewell, K A van Someren, R E Shave, S A Howatson

Article Affiliation:

School of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, USA St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, UK School of Life Sciences, Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, St. George's Medical School, London, UK English Institute of Sport, Marlow, UK Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.


This investigation determined the efficacy of a tart cherry juice in aiding recovery and reducing muscle damage, inflammation and oxidative stress. Twenty recreational Marathon runners assigned to either consumed cherry juice or placebo for 5 days before, the day of and for 48 h following a Marathon run. Markers of muscle damage (creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, muscle soreness and isometric strength), inflammation [interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP) and uric acid], total antioxidant status (TAS) and oxidative stress [thiobarbituric acid reactive species (TBARS) and protein carbonyls] were examined before and following the race. Isometric strength recovered significantly faster (P=0.024) in the cherry juice group. No other damage indices were significantly different. Inflammation was reduced in the cherry juice group (IL-6, P<0.001; CRP, P<0.01; uric acid, P<0.05). TAS was∼10% greater in the cherry juice than the placebo group for all post-supplementation measures (P<0.05). Protein carbonyls was not different; however, TBARS was lower in the cherry juice than the placebo at 48 h (P<0.05). The cherry juice appears to provide a viable means to aid recovery following strenuous exercise by increasing total antioxidative capacity, reducing inflammation, lipid peroxidation and so aiding in the recovery of muscle function.

Study Type : Human Study

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