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Eat to beat soreness

nailing your postworkout nutrition is of utmost importance, and eating the right things at the right time can promote quicker recovery, reduce muscle soreness, build lean muscle and replenish lost glycogen. There is definitely a pecking order when it comes to healing foods, and these below are among the best — and the worst — you can eat to fuel your recovery.

HEALING HEROES

Tart Cherries

Research published in found that marathon runners who consumed 8 ounces of tart cherry juice twice daily for five days before, on the day of and 48 hours after a marathon experienced less muscle damage, soreness, inflammation and protein breakdown than those who did not. Why? Tart cherries contain anthocyanin, which contains the same active enzymes as are found in over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, accelerating healing time.

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