I came across a video just the other day, where Arnold Schwarzenegger was explaining the benefits of using Cherry Tart Concentrate to assist in muscle/joint pain, muscle recovery, and improved sleep. The product claims these results are due to the high levels of antioxidants, including anthocyanins and melatonin. I was somewhat skeptical, because you can never be too sure when seeing celebrities promoting different products. I did some research of my own online, and I ended up with mixed reviews. Some articles/reviews swear this product helps, however, others claim it to be just another fad. I was wondering if you could share some professional advice on this product.

Answer:

Tart cherry juice (TCJ) is widely being studied primarily for its anti-inflammatory/antioxidant effects, which many other polyphenols and flavonoids deliver as well. TCJ (or it’s extracts), while perfectly healthy, is no where near an evidence-based supplement for treatment of any kind. That’s not to say TCJ can't reach that status when more consistent positive studies that can determine proper endpoints, biomarkers and forms used.
In the meantime our health and longevity programs are well established since the recommended ingredients synergistically complement each other for the desired effects. Each ingredient is well researched as shown in the PDSRG.
I placed below (and attached) the program we use for some of the world’s top CEOs and other older folks that have no economic concerns.
Complete Health, Longevity & Training Supplement Program
Daily:
•    Over 50MVM Over50MV (or other targeted dotFIT formula)
o    Take 1-daily with firs large meal of the day
•    Superior Antioxidant SuperiorAntioxidant
o    Take 1 daily anytime with a meal
•    UltraProbiotic UltraProbiotic
o    Take one daily with a meal
•    Advanced Brain Health (may divide evenly or all at once anytime with or without meals) AdvancedBrainHealth
o    45-55yrs take 4; 56+ take 8
As needed:
•    WheySmooth (or All Natural WheySmooth or BestPlantProtein) WheySmooth
o    Use as directed to make sure you get ~1gm of protein per pound of LBM (or weight if not overweight) daily from all sources divided 4-5 times daily
o    Can be used as a supplement to a meal or by itself (or mixed with desired supporting contents) to shore up total daily protein needs
•    Super Calcium SuperCalcium+
o    Use if you do not meet the daily needs of calcium (~1000-1200 mgs) from food intake
            -Females take 1 or 2 daily with meals; if you need to take 2, take one with AM meal and the 2nd with PM meal; Males take 1 only if necessary
•    Super Omega 3 SuperOmega-3 Fish Oils
o    Take 1 daily with meal if not consuming 2-4 svgs/wk of fatty fish
•    Joint Flexibility Plus™ (Biocell Collagen II) JointFlexPlus
o    Injury or age-related joint discomfort take 1-2 in AM & 1-2 in PM
Workout days
•    AminoBoostXXL AminoBoostXXL
o    Take 1-scoop ~10min before and may continue to drink during first 20min of workout
o    Take 1 scoop immediately following workout
Meal Timings
•    As possible eat every 4-hours
•    Large pre-training/event meal 2-3Hr before training
•    Large post meal ~30-60min after last post workout supplement
Early morning training
•    Eat an appropriate (based on calorie allotment) pre-training type meal the night before
•    Consume only the pre-workout snack/shake before training (as shown above) & follow workout day supplement schedule above
 
Tournament play (multiple games)
•    <1.5Hr break: bars and hydration/electrolyte recovery drink
•    1.5-2.5Hr: small pre-training-type meal
•    >2.5Hr: normal pre-training meal
Fluid Recommendations*
•    16 oz 2Hr before activity (extra 8-16 oz 1hr before on hot days)
•    4-8 oz every 20 minutes during activity
•    20 oz for every pound of weight loss post-activity
*Use electrolyte formula (e.g. Gatorade) and water as directed


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