Cherries contain melatonin, a powerful antioxidant which relieves stress and helps with inflammation. It can even help reduce strength loss and muscle soreness after exercise, which means you'll recover quicker!
An extremely popular fruit for all exercise-lovers, bananas are not only high in potassium, but they are almost all carbohydrate. The potassium helps replace that which is lost during exercise, and the carbohydrate helps sustain your blood sugar levels while exercising. Their softness and light taste make them easy to consume even with pre-race nerves, and their natural "wrapper" makes them easy to eat on the road.
Traditionally known as a vegetable, tomatoes are actually a fruit. They contain an anxtioxidant lycopene, and also contain many vitamins and minerals that are helpful to runners, including vitamin B6.
Packed with carbohydrates, raisins are a great snack for athletes who need an extra boost of energy after burning their resources. They facilitate absorption into the body, but they also stimulate the absorption of protein and vitamins from other foods too. This is critical for muscles to recover, and makes raisins the perfect exercise food.
Kiwi can reduce both blood pressure, and offer a better night's sleep. They can even reduce fat levels found within the blood, which improves your cardiovascular health. They contain a wide range of minerals which are essential for replacing those lost during exercise.
Like the kiwi, pineapple can lower blood pressure, aid digestion, and can also massively improve bone strength. They contain 75% of the daily recommended mineral manganese, which is essential for developing and repairing strong bones and connective tissue. It also contains carbohydrates, so it is the perfect all round fruit for those iron-pumpers.
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