7. Tart cherries
The main superpower of this superfood: Its anti-inflammatory properties, Blatner says. A study from Oregon Health & Science University found that runners who drank tart cherry juice for a week prior to a race, as well as on race day, experienced significantly less muscle pain and had less inflammation than guys who received a placebo. What does that have to do with getting swole? Less inflammation means less soreness, which means you can get back to the gym sooner. “Tart cherries also help with sleep, which means a better workout recovery,” Blatner adds. The OHSU researchers also point out that tart cherries (also called Montmorency or sour pie cherries) have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food, including blueberries, and have the same enzymes as pain killers like ibuprofen.
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