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Montmorency Cherry: exercise performance, recovery and sleep

This project will expand on our previous work in which we showed that Montmorency cherry juice consumption improved the recovery of muscle strength after intensive exercise. Using muscle biopsies, we are exploring the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms underlying this improved recovery.

Montmorency cherry contains high levels of melatonin, which is associated with sleep promotion. Therefore, we are also examining sleep quality (latency and duration) during a period of Montmorency cherry supplementation   

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This work is funded by The Cherry Marketing Institute and is being carried out by Jimmy Wangdi, Prof Jo Bowtell, Dr Mary O’Leary and Dr Sarah Jackman.

Jimmy Wangdi holds a QUEX Institute PhD studentship and is also supervised by Dr Vince Kelly and Dr Michael Leveritt of the University of Queensland.