Catching Zs With Carbs

Catching Zs With Carbs A Thanksgiving feast of favorite carbohydrate foods can have even the most energetic guests nodding off late in the afternoon. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that tart cherry juice can provide a similar effect while helping to reduce muscle soreness from exercise.

Researchers had 20 subjects supplement their diet with 30 mL (1 ounce) of tart cherry juice concentrate diluted in 200 mL (6.8 ounces) of water in the morning and again in the evening. The juice contained the equivalent of 90 to 100 Montmorency cherries. After a week, melatonin levels in supplementing subjects increased significantly. The efficiency of their overnight sleep improved 5% to 6% and they stayed asleep for an average of 34 minutes longer each night.

True Strength Moment: Previous studies have shown that tart cherry juice can assist with recovery after training and in some cases help reduce muscle soreness. It might be the melatonin levels or the anti-inflammatory antioxidant qualities that promote better sleep. For a tip on the optimal types of food to fuel your training, read today's ABB Performance Blog.
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