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Old 08-23-2006, 03:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate - And Other Remedies

Someone just turned me on to drinking tart cherry juice concentrate. You mix it with water or add to shakes or about anything - actually tastes pretty good! It's supposed to be a natural ani-inflamatory. Some of the information I've been able to find seems to confirm this notion.

I've always heard that ibuprofen after lifting isn't smart because it impedes muscle growth. I don't know if there's any truth to that but perhaps the cherry juice would be a good substitution.

Does anyone know anything about this? And, are there other similar type remedies you now about?
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Old 08-23-2006, 09:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the point of taking an anti-inflamatory? To reduce soreness? If you're working out at a level that's right for you and doing warm ups/cool downs, you shouldn't be getting sore after the first coupla times. I also find that sitting in my gym's sauna for 10 mins after I work out does wonders for soreness and stiffness. If you don't have a sauna/steamroom, take the hottest shower you can stand and let the hot water run over the muscles that were exerted the most.
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Old 08-23-2006, 05:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think everyone gets a sore muscle occassionally, especailly during those times when you go through a heavy lifting phase. For some reason the steam room doesn't always do the trick.

More important, inflamation is one of the causes of poor heart health. You have points of inflamation all over the place in your body from different things beside working out.
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ah, now I gotcha. I think if I was going to look into "alternative" methods of anti-inflammatory suppliments I'd go to the local health food store. I know that the vitamin department at my local health food store would be more than happy to recommend about a hundred zillion different things in this situation.

Also, would increasing your stretching help? Taking things slow, making sure to warm up, stretching completely afterward... "ounce of prevention" kinda thing.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I guess I was posing two different questions. One was regarding natural remedies/preventatives and the other was the impact of ibuprofen after lifting. The anit inflamatory claims of the cherry juice just got me to thinking (a dangerous thing!).

I do pretty well on the sore muscle thing - I've been lifting and doing other sports related activities for years. And, my wife is a Yoga instructor so she keeps me on the stretching path. And yes, stretching, especially after lifting, is important.
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think I'll look into this. I'll get back to you, thingstodo with a researched response to both questions.

I'm just going to edit this as I find things.

here's a little article about tart cherry juice as an anti-inflammatory:

http://www.allaboutarthritis.com/AllAboutArthritis/layoutTemplates/html/en/contentdisplay/document.jsp?docID=condition/arthritis/clinicalNews/tart_cherry_juice.xml&questionID=


This article seems to be recommending it for those who are dealing with arthritis and other joint pains. I think that I might just try to find this one. Wonder if it would be of any use for carpal tunnel syndrome. The journal that the quote is a Nigerian journal. Oh freak, this is an awesome resource. I automatically thought of the "Nigerian Scammers" thread. yeah. There are good things that come out of Nigeria, too! Who would have thought? This journal includes studies of native African plants and their medicinal qualities. Unfortunately it's entirely too technical for the lay reader.

Here's a link for the edition referenced in the previous article: http://www.ajol.info/viewissue.php?id=353&jid=68

Now about Ibuprofen:

dang this stuff is scary. I wouldn't want to deal with any of these side effects.
from this site: http://www.medicinenet.com/ibuprofen/article.htm

Quote:
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects from ibuprofen are rash, ringing in the ears, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation and heartburn. Ibuprofen may cause ulceration of the stomach or intestine, and the ulcers may bleed. Sometimes, ulceration and bleeding can occur without abdominal pain, and black tarry stools, weakness, and dizziness upon standing (orthostatic hypotension) may be the only signs of a problem. NSAIDs reduce the flow of blood to the kidneys and impair function of the kidneys. The impairment is most likely to occur in patients with preexisting impairment of kidney function or congestive heart failure, and use of NSAIDs in these patients should be done cautiously. People who are allergic to other NSAIDs, including aspirin, should not use ibuprofen. Individuals with asthma are more likely to experience allergic reactions to ibuprofen and other NSAIDs.
I'd much rather drink a little fruit juice.
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Old 10-20-2006, 03:11 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I ran across more on this subject:

http://www.realage.com/news_features...?v=1&cid=17275

RealAge Tip of the DAY for October 19, 2006
•Make Mine Cherry

Tools for easing sore muscles: heating pad, aspirin, and . . . cherry juice?

That's right -- forget the Bengay. In a university study, regularly drinking a juice blend that contained tart cherry juice helped ease postworkout muscle pain caused by strength training. Makes sense. Cherries are high in phenols and anthocyanins, compounds that stamp out inflammation in a big way. Of course, topical analgesics like Bengay and Tiger Balm may help, too. But it's nice to know there may be a sweeter smelling solution.
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Here's a link for a bunch of cherry recipes:

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