Cherries: An Athlete's Secret Weapon

Cherries: An Athlete's Secret Weapon

You likely think of cherries as those delicious red orbs of sweetness...and rightly so. They are the perfect addition to virtually any meal. Fresh cherries with yogurt and granola for breakfast, cherry barbecue chicken for lunch, salmon with cherry sauce for dinner. Let’s not forget the famous cherry pie and dark chocolate cherries for dessert. Your imagination is the only limit to how you can use cherries with your favorite foods.

But cherries are so much more than just a delectable taste sensation—especially if you are an athlete. That's because fresh cherry juice is loaded up with electrolytes. Although it’s not highly publicized, cherries are high in potassium and they contain calcium and magnesium, all of which are important electrolytes to keep your heart and muscles going strong.

Electrolytes are important because they help our muscles to contract and maintain energy. If you exercise at all, you know that you need these electrolytes to keep your arms and legs moving during your exercise routine and not run out of energy. If you’ve ever experienced a temporary muscle cramp, your electrolyte levels may have been getting low making it harder for your muscles to normally contract and expand.

Having so many options to keep yourself hydrated during the hot summer months, why not give cherry juice a try? You might find your thirst quenched and your body thanking you for it.

References:
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2. Yu-Yahiro JA. Electrolytes and their relationship to normal and abnormal
muscle function. Orthop Nurs. 1994 Sep-Oct;13(5):38-40.

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