Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tart Cherry - Move over Gaterade

With so many of us active for longer in life than any other generation previously, it becomes critical to guard from potential injuries. But as more injuries occur at an earlier age, this can be a challenge.

Being proactive for injury and inflammation are critical to professional athletes and their trainers. It affects their ability to play longer (i.e. ability to earn money). Having watched professional trainers for the Dallas Cowboys, Stars and Mavericks at many juice bars in town, Gatorade has lost out to tart cherry juice for increasing performance during workouts and games by athletes and their trainers.

As the website goes further explaining "the tart taste is an indication of the amount of anthocyanins inside. These flavonoid compounds are behind the sourness, intense red color and potential health-promoting properties, like reducing muscle soreness after exercise, easing arthritis pain and enhancing heart health. They may even help you sleep better at night because they contain melatonin, a natural hormone that regulates our sleep cycle."

My favorite (as well as 90 professional and college teams) is Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice. I prefer the "Lite" or 40 tart cherries in 8 oz bottle with stevia to take the sourness of tart cherry. See how your engine performance with this before a workout or to sleep more soundly. I use them for both..

Good Luck on your wellness journey.