Cranberry aided exercise recovery
In this study, 16 members of the Polish Rowing Team took a placebo or 1,200 mg of cranberry extract for six weeks. The team performed a strenuous 1.24-mile rowing test before and two weeks after taking the supplements. After the second test, several types of inflammation had increased only for placebo, including signs of systemic inflammation, muscle cell damage, and excess levels of a hormone in the liver that can interfere with iron stores in the blood. Doctors also measured antioxidant levels and found those taking cranberry extract had significantly higher total antioxidant capacity at rest, after exercise, and after recovery. Taking cranberry extract before strenuous exercise can boost total antioxidant capacity, help control inflammation, and reduce oxidative stress during and after recovery.

Reference: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition; 2017, 14:7.
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