Monday, March 11, 2013

The Health Benefits of Montmorency Tart Cherries

As we all know, recovery is essential to sports performance, and needs just as much attention as your training. Rest days are important for a number of reasons, physiological and psychological. Physically the body needs to rest, this allows the muscles to repair and rebuild. Psychologically it is important to relax and unwind.

In relation to your training, Montmorency tart cherry extract is an ideal solution to reducing oxidative stress on your body which exercise causes. Various studies have covered their positive relationship to recovery, reducing muscle damage, inflammation and impressively, tart cherries have shown better anti-inflammatory activity than aspirin.

One of the benefits of these cherries is that they are a very potent antioxidant. They have a very high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value; the ORAC scale is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities.

It is recommended to take 2g with 50ml water and to consume immediately after exercise. 30 minutes, post exercise, shows the greatest increases in cellular structure. Consuming Montmorency cherry extract can help promote muscle recovery and growth, and by combining this with a fast carb supplement could help prevent muscle damage and be an ideal recovery supplementation.

Montmorency cherry extract can be used as part of your training recovery process. Not only extremely high in antioxidants combating the oxidative stress but it has been reported to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Great on its own or it can be enjoyed with other products, such as Vitargo, Dextrose, Whey Protein Isolate and Creatine.

Terry Arena is a monster of a man. Some say he was born with a beard. When he's not benchpressing twice his own bodyweight, Terry can be found consuming 4 litre containers of full fat milk, mixed in with his favourite sports supplements.

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