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American College of Sports Medicine Reports Tart Cherry Gel Helps Ease Muscle Soreness

Take heart - actually take tart cherry whole fruit gel. The American College of Sports Medicine has published the scientific research findings that shows CherryFlex - a tart cherry gel taken orally - may help ease muscle fatigue due to strenuous exercise.

Traverse City, MI, July 28, 2011 --( New scientific research shows a tart cherry whole fruit gel significantly altered muscle soreness following strenuous exercise in a double blind study conducted in 2010.1 The research findings on CherryFlex® were presented and published at the 2011 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting and World Conference in Denver.

It’s the second and larger double blind, cross-over study conducted by Winona State University in Minnesota on CherryFlex®, the proprietary Montmorency red tart cherry product made from whole fruit.

Nineteen college-aged male students participated in the study, with all subjects completing both a placebo and CherryFlex supplementation. The study participants performed five sets of 10 maximal eccentric contractions of the elbow flexor immediately after ingestion of the tart cherry gel or placebo. Both the supplement and placebo were also ingested for five days after the strenuous exercise period.

Lead researcher, Dr. Gary Kastello, said the study results demonstrated an acute analgesic effect decreasing muscle tenderness and discomfort perception after subjects ingested the tart cherry supplement. The current study differed from a similar study completed two years ago. The most recent study investigated the acute effects of CherryFlex with subjects ingesting supplement immediately before strenuous exercise, whereas the previous study investigated chronic effect with subjects ingesting the supplement for 16 days prior to the strenuous bout of exercise.1

“Any athlete in training or everyday individuals subjected to strenuous activity can become sore when muscles swell following strenuous exercise,” said Dr. Kastello of Winona State University’s Department of Health, Exercise & Rehabilitative Sciences. “The tart cherry supplement decreased muscle tenderness and normal discomfort following exercise.”

To view the scientific abstract, Winona State University Cherry Study Abstract, go to

CherryFlex officials say this second larger study abstract, which was accepted and published by the American College of Sports Medicine using CherryFlex ProSport Shots, supports the company’s mission.

“For over 35 years, we have heard anecdotal support of the tart cherry’s health benefits from our customers,” said CherryFlex developer and former fruit farmer, Bob Underwood. “This current study validates the whole fruit’s effectiveness and the unique process only our company uses. As science continues to unlock the secrets to why dark-skinned fruits offer positive health properties, CherryFlex will continue educating consumers on the benefits of daily fruit supplementation.”

CherryFlex helps maintain healthy joints* and helps maintain healthy cardiovascular function.* Using a proprietary process, USA grown Montmorency whole tart cherries, including the skin and pulp, are the main ingredient in convenient one-serving squeeze pouches and softgel capsules, along with Liquid CherryFlex and CherryFlex Fruit Bars with more information at

“Promoting healthy living continues to be our goal with products that are made from premium whole fruit that’s healthy, tasty, convenient and affordable,” said Underwood, who developed the process, which remains unmatched in the nutraceutical and functional food world and whose company funded the Winona study. “This, coupled with our philosophy to use nature’s formula without preservatives, fillers, coloring without the use of harsh solvents in our products, is the reason we are the leader in this technology.”

About Underwood Fruit
Underwood Fruit, a nutraceutical and functional food manufacturing company – produces the original and only fruit softgel made from whole fruit on the market and other quality tart cherry gel products. Capturing the fruits’ antioxidant properties through a proprietary process that includes the skin and pulp, Underwood Fruit produces five softgel varieties including; CherryFlex®, Wild Blueberry IQ®, and Wonderful Pomegranate. For more information and to purchase the products, visit

1 Winona State University Cherry Study Abstract,

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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