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Bounce Back From Workouts

To stay fresh between sweat sessions down a fruity drink. Marathon runners who drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice twice a day five days before, the day of and for 48 hours after their race regained leg strength faster and had significantly less inflammation than marathon runners who drank a placebo. In fact, when inflammation peaked 24 hours after the run, markers like inerleukin-6 were up to 49 percent lower among tart cherry juice drinkers. The numerous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in this superfruit are most likely responsible for its protective effect, say researchers. Trying adding two glasses to your daily diet, just be aware of the extra calories: 16 ounces contain about 260.

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First Published Tue, 2011-03-15 20:23

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