5 Best Fruits For Athletes

Fresh fruit stand with boysenberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes

A lot of emphasis is put on protein in the bodybuilding world but athletes of all kinds should not overlook the multifaceted benefits of fruits. Below is a list of fruits that are particularly useful for athletes before and after a workout.

1) Blueberries

A few days back we discussed the benefits of antioxidants in combating the free radicals that wreak havoc in the body following a workout. When it comes to antioxidants in fruits, blueberries can’t be beaten. These sweet berries are packed with antioxidants and have remarkable anti-inflammatory effects.

2) Bananas

Potassium is an essential component in any athlete’s diet. A potassium deficiency can lead to cramping and weakened muscles. Potassium also promotes strong cardiovascular health. So after a workout, refuel your body with a banana (they blend very well in smoothies and protein shakes), an excellent source of potassium. Bananas are also a good source of carbohydrates that will give you the energy you need to keep pushing yourself.

3) Acai Berries

You might not be able to find acai berries at your local farmer’s market or on supermarket shelves (which is okay, since acai berries are actually difficult to eat in their raw form) but a smoothie made from acai berry pulp is another amazing source of antioxidants.

4) Oranges

In order to repair your muscles and recover after a tough workout, your body needs Vitamin C. Oranges or orange juice will give your body plenty of Vitamin C in addition to carbohydrates that will reduce your risk of dehydrating during your workouts.

5) Strawberries

Oranges tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to Vitamin C but strawberries have loads of Vitamin C as well. They are also a great source of fiber, which will help you maintain your energy throughout the day.

The next time you blend yourself a smoothie, be sure to throw in some of the above fruits to ensure you pack the biggest nutritional punch possible!

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