Drink cherry juice to recover quicker

Drink cherry juice to recover quicker

Gym-goers and joggers have been advised to drink cherry juice after a study found that it helps reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

7:00AM GMT 11 Feb 2011

Researchers gave 10 trained athletes one ounce of an antioxidant-packed cherry juice concentrate twice daily for seven days before and after an intense round of strength training.

The athletes’ recovery after the cherry juice concentrate was significantly faster compared to when they drank other juices without the same nutrient content of cherry juice.

After drinking cherry juice, athletes returned to 90 per cent of normal muscle force in 24 hours, compared to only 85 per cent of normal at the same time point without cherry juice.

This significant difference could affect an athlete’s next performance.

Researchers at Sports and Exercise Science Research Centre at London South Bank University believe that the powerful antioxidant compounds in cherry juice cut damage to athletes’ muscles – the damage that normally occurs when muscles are worked to their maximum – allowing muscles to recover more quickly.

The research is the latest linking cherries to muscle recovery.

Researchers attribute the benefits to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds in the red fruit called anthocyanins, also responsible for cherries’ bright red colour.

Dr Wendy Bazilian, a registered dietitian and expert on super nutrients, said: “Cherries are what I call the ultimate superfood.

“Not only are they a perfect complement to a training routine since they are available year-round in dried, frozen and juice forms, but they taste great.”

Dr Bazilian says some of her favourite ways to include cherries in the diet range from topping dried cherries in oatmeal to enjoying a smoothie of cherry juice and low-fat yogurt.

In addition to the benefits of recovery after exercise, researchers also suggest cherries could reduce inflammation which is linked to heart disease and arthritis.

The research was published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.


MS Society funds second stage of myelin repair research

MS Society funds second stage of myelin repair research

07 Feb 2011

In December, we announced great news that scientists at the University of Cambridge had found a way of reversing damage to myelin using stem cells. The work was funded by the MS Society. Today we’re delighted to announce we’ve committed more than £2 million over the next five years to fund the second stage of this research. Professor Robin Franklin and his team at the MS Society Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair will work collaboratively with world leading experts in MS (like those based at the MS Society Edinburgh Centre for Translational Research and the MRI unit at the Institute of Neurology) to carry out the next stage. In the first stage of the study researchers found a drug that could potentially repair myelin; in stage two they’ll: 1. test this treatment for how effective it is in people with MS, and at what dose 2. trial it for safety in people with MS 3. build on recent advances in myelin repair research, so it’s possible to identify more potential MS treatments in the future This next phase of the study will start in April 2011 and finish in 2016. If the work proves successful, further clinical trials in larger numbers of people will take place to reveal whether the potential treatment is safe and effective for people to use. Then it’ll then need to go through the necessary regulatory hurdles before it’s licensed and available. We’re still some way off a drug coming through, but these are positive steps. Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the MS Society, said: “We’ve been consistently impressed with the world class work of the Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair and we’re delighted that the generosity of our supporters enables us to continue funding this outstanding research centre.”


Charity offering free course for carers of people with mental ill health

Charity offering free course for carers of people with mental ill health
3:00pm Wednesday 9th February 2011

 By Natalie O’Neill »

A CHARITY is offering free advice to people caring for someone with mental ill health.

Caring4Carers will run its Reason to Hope courses on Tuesday nights from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Avenue House, in East End Road, Finchley.

The organisation was set up by Jeffrey Breslaw in 2002 to support family members and friends who look after individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, depressive disorders or mental ill health.

The course helps develop carer’s skills, including how best to communicate with the person they look after.

Talks will be given by psychiatrists, consultants and a pharmacist throughout the course.

Participants can discuss any problems they face as a carer, and will be put in contact with local and national resources including Rethink, a charity for people affected by severe mental illness.

Suzanne Clinton-Davis is an occupational therapist and helps run the course.

Mrs Clinton-Davis said: “It can really equip carers who are often hidden and unheard to care more effectively for their loved one and importantly begin to care for themselves.

“In doing this we also aim to help carers assist in their loved ones recovery.”

She added: “Groups will consist of no more than around 10 participants so that each person has time and attention given to them as they require.”

Reason to hope runs two courses per year and has taught over 170 people since its inception.

The next course will start on Tuesday March 1 and will last for 10 weeks.

To book a place contact Jeffrey Breslaw on 0208 906 1666 or send an email to jeffrey.breslaw@millfields.org