Reduce Inflammation By Sipping on This Juice
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Even though some juices on the market are loaded with added sugars and may not be completely good for your health, other juices can actually benefit your health in numerous ways. For instance, although it may not be a popular choice, tart cherry juice is known to reduce inflammation in the body and aiding with muscle recovery after a workout.
If you struggle with inflammation, you know how dangerous it can be; According to Harvard Medical School, chronic inflammation is linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and arthritis as well as diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Anything that can offers relief can be a big help, so Jessica Isaacs, RD, CSSD, with Cheribundi, spoke to The Healthy @Reader’s Digest about the specific ways drinking tart cherry can benefit your workouts, muscle recovery, and overall inflammation.
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“Tart cherry juice contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory polyphenol compounds—micronutrients that occur naturally in plants—that have been shown by research to recovery from strength-based exercise, attenuate muscle inflammation and soreness, as well as improve markers of muscle acceleration.” [breakdown]Issacs says.
Issacs also points to two other studies to prove her point. One comes from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine which shows how tart cherry juice reduces oxidative stress (which causes inflammation in the body) and muscle and cardiac damage following resistance training. The other is from the European Journal of Sports Science which concludes that tart cherry concentrate can also reduce the effects of muscle damage and improve recovery for females.
But does tart cherry juice also work for inflammation not associated with a workout? Yes! Because of the rich nutrients and antioxidants prevalent in this juice, it can help reduce joint pain and inflammation, reducing arthritis symptoms. Tart cherry juice has also promotes better brain health, aids your sleep, and even strengthens the immune system by reducing the risk of infection.
Drinking tart cherry juice is one of the many ways to get antioxidants into your diet, which helps with delaying certain types of cellular damage and reducing the risk of developing a chronic disease, Issacs explains.
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