American football star Lindsey Horan uses cherries for injury recovery and return

  • Lindsey Horan is on the mend after spending several months off the pitch due to a knee injury.
  • The U.S. national team and Olympique Lyonnais star credit cherry juice with helping his recovery.
  • She also told Insider that USWNT players swear by Cheribundi products to help them sleep.

Between competing for the United States Women’s National Team ahead of the 2023 World Cup and battling for a Champions League title with French powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais, Lindsey Horan has been busy at travel around the world to play the highest level of football in the women’s game.

But all that travel and high-level competition takes its toll on the body, especially as Horan returns from a knee injury that kept her off the pitch for several months.

Lindsey Horan celebrates a goal with her Olympique Lyonnais team-mate Ada Hegerberg.

Horan (left) celebrates a goal with his Olympique Lyonnais team-mate Ada Hegerberg.

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Surprisingly enough, she found a solution in cherries. Yes, fruit.

The world-class midfielder recently teamed up with Cheribundi, a wellness brand that supplies athletes with tart cherry-derived products. But she “has known Cheribundi for a while now”, as Horan and the USWNT have used the company’s products “as a method of recovery even since the last World Cup”.

“Obviously it was something that was close to my heart just because of how much we used it and how much I know it helps my recovery,” Horan told Insider. “So I think that was a really exciting partnership for me. I think those are the best ones for us athletes – that we really like to be part of. That’s not always the case, so it’s just a really exciting partnership for me.”

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Horan has recovered for club and country in recent weeks, and Cheribundi has been instrumental in her recovery as she ‘comes out of this injury with my knee’. Tart cherry juice is known to reduce inflammation, protect against blood vessel ruptures, and provide other benefits that help speed up the healing process and prevent future injury.

Unlike many other sports drinks and recovery aids, Cheribundi markets itself as all-natural and produced directly from fruit. Horan says it’s easy to “feel better” using their products for refueling without compromising effectiveness.

“Mentally, it’s just good to know that what you’re putting in your body is all natural,” she added. “It’s a product that fuels you the right way and rebuilds and helps improve recovery and speed it up as well.”

Lindsey Horan.

Horan (left) competes for the USWNT at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Horan and his teammates also often found themselves using Cherry Juice to help them rest, as well as recover.

“One of the most important methods was sleeping,” explained Horan. “We used it as melatonin for the night, and I think our whole team drank the drinks before we went to bed, so that was one of the biggest uses for me.”

“I’m probably one of the players who needs the most recovery because of these flights I take between the United States and France,” she added. “So this partnership came at such a good time for me.”

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Horan has a busy time ahead of her that will certainly involve a lot of international travel. Lyon are qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Colorado native will therefore spend the next few weeks looking for OL’s best rival, Paris Saint-Germain, during a face-to-face in France. If his team wins the aggregate, Horan and company will face the Barcelona-Wolfsburg winner in the Champions League final on May 21 in Turin, Italy.

A month later, she will likely find herself on the pitch in the United States as the USWNT take on Colombia in two friendlies in late June. The national team will travel to Mexico for the 2023 World Cup and 2024 Olympic qualifiers just weeks after that, and preparations for next summer’s World Cup will only ramp up from there.

“Cheribundi is ultimately the best thing that could have happened in this period, just because for the World Cup I will need it,” Horan said. “It will be crucial for me to be the best form of myself and the best player that I can be, hopefully for this World Cup and being part of this team.