Blueberries contain the broadest range of phytochemical compounds and are especially high in anthocyanins, the compound that gives the fruit it characteristic blue color and serve well as a workout booster and enhance recovery.
This variety of berries have a high antioxidant capacity — also known as “ORAC,” or oxygen radical absorption capacity, they can squash and neutralize free radicals formed as a result of exercise, environmental pollutants, etc. If you are a serious athlete, or are just beginning to exercise, you will aways be in the lookout for a better workout. Blueberries are a great fruit that are not only delicious, but can also greatly improve your workout. They don’t need to be refrigerated, just store them in your gym bag and eat them on the go!
How Can They Contribute To A Better Workout?
- By providing your body with high amount of water. They help prevent feeling of thirst and promote athletic performance.
- A high amount of carbohydrates is contained within blueberries. Carbohydrates are important because they provide you with the energy you need to help you make it through your workout. Complex carbohydrates are found in blueberries that promote slow digestion, meaning that they will stay in your system for a relatively long period of time. This is important especially if you are an endurance athlete.
- Blueberries are a good source of vitamins and minerals and are very important in improved athletic performance. They are high in vitamin K, which is important in blood clotting. If you are low in vitamin K, and therefore your blood does not clot properly, not only will you be exposed to high amounts of sub-dermal bruises and wounds, but in the event of a cut or contusion, could be seriously hurt due to the inability of your blood to clot.
Besides, blueberries can also speed muscle recovery when eaten before and after strenuous exercise. Synergy is what you get when you eat whole, nutrient-rich foods rather than supplements or processed food.
So start adding them to your diet, TODAY!