There are a lot of benefits to using tart cherry juice after workouts to help with recovery.
Benefits include reducing pain and inflammation. Many people use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However using too much of them can be harmful. Drinking tart cherry juice or cherry supplements can reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain with none of the risk.
There are a lot of nutrients in it. An 8 ounce serving of tart cherry juice has:
- Vitamin A - 62% of Recommended Daily Intake (RDI)
- Vitamin C - 40% of RDI
- Manganese - 14% of RDI
- Potassium - 12% of RDI
- Copper - 12% of RDI
- Vitamin K - 7% of RDI
All the other benefits aside, the reduction in muscle soreness is great.
Tart cherries have sour-sweet flavor that some may not like by itself. But I use one that is sweetened with apple juice, and it tastes great. The one I use also has 30 grams of quick carbs in an 8 ounce serving, which is also very useful following exercise.
Trust me on this, it is good stuff.
Here are several write-ups on it.