Here’s a natural, clean label ingredient with appeal for sports recovery products. Tart cherries in juice, dried and frozen forms contain many natural compounds, including anthocyanins, which contribute to cherries’ bright red color and sweet-tart taste. Anthocyanins are also linked to reducing inflammation, at levels comparable to some pain medications.

The anti-inflammatory properties found in tart cherries often attract athletes looking for a natural way to manage pain. Research suggests that when tart cherry juice is consumed before and after strenuous exercise, it may reduce symptoms of muscle damage and prevent strength loss.

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