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Inflammation is the scourge of muscles, causing pain and swelling and hindering performance in your next workout, Kimball says. Ease that affliction with cherries. “They’re rich in polyphenolic compounds—namely flavanoids and anthyocyanins—that are shown to decrease inflammation,” Kimball says. In fact, when athletes consumed a cherry concentrate daily for seven days before and two days after a strength-training workout, their muscles recovered faster, U.K. researchers reported. Find tart cherry juice at your local grocer and drink it in place of your morning OJ.
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