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Why Tart Cherry Extract Should Be Part Of Your Yoga Routine

Yoga has many incredible health benefits. These benefits range from improvements in mental health to well-described and researched benefits for physical health as well.

A 2012 review found that “mind-body exercise, such as yoga, couples sustained muscular activity with internally directed focus, producing a temporary self-contemplative mental state. It also triggers neurohormonal mechanisms that bring about health benefits, evidenced by the suppression of sympathetic activity. Thus, it reduces stress and anxiety, improves autonomic and higher neural center functioning and even, as shown in some studies, improves physical health of cancer patients.” 

If you already have a yoga routine, or would like to start a daily yoga practice, here is one addition Dr. Warner recommends for enhancing your practice and its health benefits.

Tart Cherry Extract: Plant-Based Antioxidant Benefits

Tart cherries and deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables contain an abundance of flavonols and anthocyanins. These phytochemicals have powerful health benefits. They are antioxidant, which means they empower your body to ward off oxidative stress.

Read more: 5 Things To Know About Oxidative Stress & Free Radicals

The impact of oxidative stress is still being studied, but the most common detrimental effects include fatigue, widespread inflammation, “brain fog,” increased susceptibility to illness, and more.

Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals are left unchecked. You get free radicals from your body’s natural processes, like when it breaks down oxygen in your cells. However, you can also get free radicals from pollution, lack of sleep, heavy metal consumption, poor diet and other lifestyle factors. 

Free radicals are unpaired electrons that, as they move through the body looking for new pairs, can damage surrounding cells.

Your body naturally produces antioxidants to combat this, but often we aren’t producing enough. This makes supplementing with antioxidants, particularly natural, plant-based ones like tart cherry extract, essential for prolonged wellness.

The Perfect Addition To Your Yoga Routine

Tart Cherry Extract’s antioxidant nature makes it a great supplement for daily antioxidant intake, but it also is especially beneficial for recovering after your daily workout.

Tart cherries naturally contain melatonin, which is what your body produces to prepare itself for restful, healing sleep. 

This is why we recommend taking our Tart Cherry Extract in the evenings! It will not make you drowsy, but instead preps your body for healing rest. Most of your brain’s healing activities happen while you’re asleep, so boosting it with antioxidants helps support your brain’s essential “housekeeping” tasks.

The antioxidants within our Tart Cherry Extract also have anti-inflammatory benefits as well. 

Yoga is usually not overly strenuous, but if you are attempting challenging poses, this supplement will help ease muscle tension and pain for faster recovery.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

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