In the Medicine Cabinet: Black Cherry Juice Concentrate

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<p>As I’m sitting at my desk right now, I’m in a lot of pain. My thighs, hamstrings, glutes and feet are in the glorious throes of post-workout agony. </p>
<p>After a couple month-long hiatus from high-impact workouts, like laps on the track, my chiropractor gave me the all-clear to start running again. But she followed it up with a word of advice–drink cherry juice concentrate. </p>
<p>Apparently, the micro-nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties in cherries can reduce muscle soreness as well as promote joint function. And because I know how hard it is to start running after a long break, especially thanks to aching muscles, I made sure to pick up <a href=”http://www.lakewoodjuices.com/product_detail/id-29/” target=”_blank”>
<font color=”#800080″>Lakewood’s Pure Black Cherry juice</font>
</a> on my way home.</p>
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<p>So now in addition to the <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/natural-health/in-the-medicine-cabinet-turmeric-remedies.aspx”>
<font color=”#800080″>turmeric supplement</font>
</a> I take daily for my lower back issues, I also drink <a href=”http://www.usacherries.com/redrecovery/index.html” target=”_blank”>
<font color=”#800080″>cherry juice</font>
</a> before my workout and then add it to a fruit smoothie, or other fruit juice, afterward. The cherry juice is not made from concentrate and is made without any water, so I like to dilute it a little to make it last longer.  </p>
<p>With cherries, turmeric and lots of ice, my painful muscles recover a lot quicker and I’m slowly starting to enjoy running for the first time.</p>
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Photo by dklimke/Courtesy Flickr<br />
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<p>For more muscle recovery and pain relief tips check out these past articles:   </p>
<p>• <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/natural-beauty/skin-deep-body-care-for-active-people.aspx”>
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<em>Body Care for Active People</em>
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</a> by Laurel Vukovic<br />
• <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/the-best-herbs-for-pain-relief.aspx”>
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<em>The Best Herbs for Pain Relief</em>
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</a> by Gina Mohammed, Ph.D.</p>
<p>To learn more about cherries’ many wonders, check out: </p>
<p>• <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/berries-for-better-health.aspx”>
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<em>Berries for Better Health</em>
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</a> by Kris Wetherbee<br />
• <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/great-fresh-juice-on-the-go.aspx”>
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<em>Great Fresh Juice On the Go</em>
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</a> by Allison Martin<br />
• <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/meet-the-superfruits.aspx”>
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<em>Meet the Superfruits</em>
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</a> by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa</p>
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<p>What do you do to relieve post-workout pain? Have cherries helped you before? Leave me a comment and let me know.</p>

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