If you live in the UK, there’s an excellent programme on Channel 4 (first 3 series are on the 4player app-thing) called ‘Superfoods the Real Story‘.
One episode looked at cherry juice and did a (non-scientific) experiment on American Football players and showed that those who drank cherry juice daily, showed a remarkable increased rate in recovery compared to those who did not.
Cherry Juice Research
Delving into Google.Scholar I found quite a few studies which outlined cherry juice’s remarkable anti-inflammatory properties
Efficacy of tart cherry juice in reducing muscle pain during running: a randomized controlled trial
Ingesting tart cherry juice for 7 days prior to and during a strenuous running event can minimize post-run muscle pain.
Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running.
The cherry juice appears to provide a viable means to aid recovery following strenuous exercise by increasing total antioxidative capacity, reducing inflammation, lipid peroxidation and so aiding in the recovery of muscle function.
There’s also this press release from Eureka Alert, an authoritative science website:
Researchers say tart cherries have ‘the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food’
I’m only on day 2 of drinking cherry juice, so hard to report back on any amazing anti-inflammatory effects, but my DOMs does seem greatly reduced after yesterday’s workout.
This stuff, if it does work as expected, sounds perfect for MMA and grappling recovery. I’m currently using the concentrate & tablets from Amazon.