2. They help prevent muscle cramps
The other heavy hitter Medjool dates bring is potassium. “Potassium is an electrolyte that, along with sodium, can become depleted during exercise, but it’s important in balancing fluids in the body. If potassium levels inside the cells are less than outside this can cause muscle cramping and weakness,” Kissane explains. That’s why sports drinks contain potassium to help you rehydrate—but, at 47 mg, one date offers more of the mineral than a serving of Gatorade.
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