Montmorency tart cherry juice can reduce muscle soreness and exercise-induced inflammation in soccer players, according to a British study published in the journal Nutrients. Earlier studies of the juice have found similar benefits in weight training, long-distance running, and cycling. Montmorency tart cherries grow in many parts of the U.S. but, because they are delicate, they’re mostly sold frozen, dried, or as concentrated juice. In the soccer study, players drank 1 ounce of concentrated juice mixed with about 3 ounces of water, twice daily, for four days before a simulated soccer match and three days afterward. For Montmorency cherry recipes, visit choosecherries.com.
Athletes can also have gut problems because intense exercise raises body heat, which makes the intestinal lining more susceptible to leaking toxins into blood and other tissues—a condition known as leaky gut. British researchers found that 37.5 grams of zinc carnosine or 10 grams of colostrum, taken twice daily, reduced the harmful effect by 35–50 percent, and even greater benefits were seen with a combination of the two supplements.