Do Cherries Improve Workout Recovery?

According to the latest research, cherry juice has been found to help athletes recover faster from their workouts.

The theory is that the high levels of polyphenolic compounds (flavonoids and anthocyanins) found in cherries creates a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.

And for most of us, that’s pretty good news. Reducing oxidation and inflammation is good for our overall health.

But for athletes, reducing the high levels of oxidation and inflammation created during an intense workout is not only good for their health, it’s good for their athletic performance.


Thanks to the reduced level of post-workout oxidative damage, fatigued muscles are able to recover their strength in a shorter period of time.

This allows the athlete to increase their training load & frequency while still recovering faster than their competitors

Which can make all the difference between being a bench warmer and being in the starting line-up.

And that’s why you’re going to start seeing cherry juice extracts & concentrates showing up in all sorts of workout supplements.


Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

3 thoughts on “Do Cherries Improve Workout Recovery?

  • February 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Which gives the most benefit? Eating or drinkin them after a workout or just in general consume at random times? Thanks in advance for the response.

  • February 17, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Hey Doug, cherries are awesome – and I have already been seeing their juice being pushed on many athlete websites for the last year. News of a good thing travels fast, especially when it might cause you to train more then your competitor!

  • February 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hi, thank you for all the great articles. Any idea how much cherries you would need to consume to feel the difference in recovery?

    PS: visiting south africa anytime soon?


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