There could be a new super drink in town and no it’s not a branded energy drink but something you may never have thought actually has any water.

Cactus water yes, you heard us, is the latest health drink that’s making waves with many nutritionists claiming it could replace coconut water as a natural energy drink.

Cactus water is sweet as it is made from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, which is like a fleshy red fruit covered in spikes. Its exotic nature is perhaps why it’s replacing coconut water as a preferred post workout energiser, according to a Fox report.

Cactus water may sound devoid of nutrients but it has a ton of Vitamin C, electrolytes, minerals and flavonoids. Physicians are recommending it for hydration and for skin treatment. But besides its benefits as a beauty product, it is also known to lessen reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Cactus water is rich in antioxidants, which makes it perfect for a post-workout sip. Antioxidants help battle free radicals in your body that are produced due to oxygenation of muscles. Cactus water contains betalains, which some studies have shown is a type of antioxidant that’s helpful in reducing the symptoms of a hangover, according to nutritionist Frances Largeman Roth.

“The deal with cactus water is that it has taurine,” says Los Angeles-based dietitian Shira Lenchewski told Elle. “It functions as a really powerful antioxidant, so it helps to quench free radicals and [reverse] muscle tissue damage. But then on top of that, it has been shown to improve athletic performance by increasing the body’s ability to transport and utilize oxygen, and the length of time before exhaustion sets in.”

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So the next time you hear someone rave about Cactus water, don’t just dismiss it as hokey pokey. It really does work wonders.

One thing that may work against the adoption of cactus water is that it involves a convoluted production process. “Prickly Pear fruits are juiced, turned into a puree, and then combined with filtered water and organic lemon juice to round out the flavor,” Elle says. So it’s not yet time to say goodbye to good ol’ coconut water, but cactus water sure looks like the real deal.

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