The role of cherries in exercise and health

Bell, Phillip, McHugh, Malachy, Stevenson, Emma and Howatson, Glyn (2014) The role of cherries in exercise and health. Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports, 24 (3). pp. 477-490. ISSN 0905-7188

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Recently, cherries and cherry products have received growing attention within the literature with regards to their application in both exercise and clinical paradigms. Reported to be high in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative capacity, cherries and their constituents are proposed to provide a similar, but natural alternative akin to over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) or analgesics. Within exercise paradigms, concern has been raised with regards to the use of products which inhibit such inflammatory or oxidative actions, due to the possibility of the blunting of physiological training adaptations. Despite this, numerous scenarios exist both within exercise and clinical populations where a goal of optimal recovery time is more important than physiological adaptation. This review critically evaluates and discusses the use of cherries as a supplementation strategy to enhance recovery of muscle function, inhibit exercise-induced inflammation, oxidative stress and pain primarily; furthermore the potential application of cherries to clinical populations is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: recovery, muscle function, antioxidants, inflammation, oxidative stress, montmorency tart cherries
Subjects: B400 Nutrition
C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Glyn Howatson
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 11:57
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:26

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