Three Interesting Ways Cherries Improve Your Workouts

by | Apr 1, 2011 | Fitness, Nutrition | 0 comments

I love cherries in smoothies, in pies (yes once in a great while, a little pie won’t kill you), or just out of a bowl for an awesome healthy snack.

They are full of healthy antioxidants and are an excellent fat burning food.

But did you know that cherries can actually help your workout?

Cherries, especially tart cherries, have actually been proven to get rid of the aches and muscle soreness that come from an intense workout. And, cherries are also extremely effective for arthritis pain, gout, hemorrhoids, allergies, and helping you sleep better.

These little red powerhouses contain phytochemicals called “anthocyanins” that give them their deep red color. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University found that the powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins in tart cherries were as effective at decreasing inflammation as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin and Tylenol.

And inflammation is what makes your muscles ache after working out.

Cherries also help you sleep more soundly because they are one of the only foods that contain a natural substance called ‘melatonin’. Melatonin is a hormone in the body that regulates sleep cycles.

Tart cherries contain high levels of melatonin.

Just two tablespoons of concentrated tart cherry juice has been found to promote good quality, deep sleep necessary for healing and repair of the body.

Did you know a good night’s sleep is proven to help you burn fat better too?  And melatonin contains powerful antioxidants that helps reverse aging as well.

Cherries also help you burn fat, since they are full of antioxidants and high in fiber, as well as chock full of vitamins and minerals. Because they are a filling and satisfying snack they will fill you up and reduce cravings.

So there you have it—three GOOD reasons to make cherries a part of your everyday diet.

While sweet cherries are effective, tart cherries contain even more of the powerful antioxidants that burn fat, help with muscle aches and soreness and help you sleep more soundly. Enjoy cherries in your next smoothie, on top of your breakfast oatmeal, or just plain for a sweet, satisfying snack! One of my favorite snacks is frozen organic cherries mixed with raw almonds, and sprinkled with a little bit of cinnamon.

Give it a try!

Till next time,

Stay healthy, lean and energetic!

About Catherine Ebeling: I am Catherine (Cat) Ebeling. I am an RN with a Masters of Science in Nursing and Public Health. I have been studying diet, fitness and health for the past 30+ years–in addition to my clinical nursing experience, which includes anti-aging, preventative, regenerative medicine and bioidentical hormone therapy. I have had a life-long fascination with diet, fitness and nutrition, and have learned how to biohack my genetic capacity. I realized that we, as humans, have the ultimate power over our bodies and our health. Wanting to learn even more about human biology, nutrition, health and disease, I went back to school to study for a BSN in nursing. I just recently completed my MSN (at age 60). I’ve written six books on diet and health that have sold thousands–and even hundreds of thousands of copies all over the world through “The Nutrition Watchdog” publishing. I am an expert on diet and health and want to share that knowledge with you. I can be reached at caebeling@gmail.com or 314-369-6400 or on FB Instant Messenger.

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