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Role of Tart Cherries in Exercise and Health

Emerging research suggests tart cherry juice has a unique blend of
powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents that help athletes and
exercise enthusiasts recover faster from exhaustive exercise. This
discovery is attracting growing interest among fitness professionals.

Recovery time is critical in helping the body adapt to the progressive
overload stresses of exercise that trigger the training effect, which
includes replenishing depleted energy stores, repairing damaged tissue
and initiating protein synthesis (the process of increasing the protein
content of muscle cells). This figure explores the role that tart cherries may play in exercise and health.

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To read more about how tart cherry juice may impact the exercise recovery process, please see “Is Tart Cherry Juice the New Super Recovery Drink?” in the online IDEA Library or in the October 2015 print issue of IDEA Fitness Journal. If you cannot access the full article and would like to, please contact the IDEA Inspired Service Team at (800) 999-4332, ext. 7.



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Len Kravitz, PhD

Len Kravitz, PhD is a professor and program coordinator of exercise science at the University of New Mexico where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. In addition to being a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, Dr. Kravitz was awarded the Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise. Just recently, ACSM honored him with writing the 'Paper of the Year' for the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal.

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