Coconut water for athletes.
If your thing is to practice physical exercise until you are exhausted and sweat from all sides, you should rehydrate with coconut water. Chandashri Bhattacharya and her colleagues at Indiana University (USA) have estimated that this natural drink contains five times more potassium than Gatorade or Powerade, the most popular isotonic drinks among athletes. “Whenever we have muscle cramps, potassium helps us eliminate them, so coconut water is the most suitable liquid to replace the nutrients that the body loses when exercising,” explains Bhattachar. Three hundred milliliters of coconut water contains more potassium than a banana.
Anti-inflammatory mangosteen juice.
Consuming half a liter of mangosteen juice daily, an exotic tropical superfruit of Indonesian origin, strengthens the immune system and reduces inflammation, especially in obese people. In this way, it is possible to avoid the development of heart disease and diabetes, according to a Californian study published in the journal Nutrition Journal.
Anti-soreness watermelon juice.
“Avívate” is the expressive name with which the Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering of Cartagena (Murcia) has baptized a new functional watermelon juice that reduces muscle pain 24 hours after performing an intense sporting activity. The effect is due to an amino acid called L-citrulline, which is found in huge quantities in the rind of this fruit.
Neuroprotective apple juice.
Neurobiologist Thomas B. Shea, from the University of Massachusetts (USA), recently demonstrated that consuming two glasses of apple juice a day for a month reduces the production of the amyloid beta protein that forms “senile plaques” in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. In addition, this drink increases the production of a neurotransmitter essential for memory and learning: acetylcholine.