7 Superfoods That Endurance Athletes Should be Eating
Let’s have a look on this selection of superfoods that can help endurance athletes to boost the ir performance and to gain better recovery.
Maca: raises testosterone levels naturally, and so improves exercise performance levels, stamina, strength, and muscle gain. People who consume Maca on a regular basis note a large increase in stamina a week after taking it.
Maca is a perennial plant that grows at high altitude in an environment of intense sunlight, high winds and freezing temperatures in the elevations of the Andes Mountains in Peru. It has been used from pre Incan times for both nutritional and medicinal purposes. Maca root is known as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are very powerful in that they are able to adapt to a given body’s health condition and in many cases stimulate it to heal whatever is out of balance. Research has proved that Maca contains properties with the capacity to regulate and support endocrine health. The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce ‘messengers’ called hormones, essential for normal bodily functions. Thankfully, Maca contains no hormones itself but instead provides a unique set of nutrients that fuel the endocrine system and help the glands to produce vital hormones in precise dosages predetermined by one’s own body.
Pacifica (Spirulina): Preserve Glycogen Stores, Utilize fat for energy, Promotes antioxidant activity after exercise. Pacifica supports the body’s ability to preserve glycogen stores and utilize fat for energy more efficiently. Pacifica also reduces oxidative damage and promotes antioxidant activity after exercise. It contains 15 of the 18 essential elements of which the human body is composed.
Hemp Seeds: provide all your recommended amino acids and fatty acids that allow muscles to work and grow effectively because it is easily absorbed and digested by the body. Hemp seeds are also a great source of chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, fiber, iron, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine and trace minerals.
Turmeric: This root resembles ginger, but is most commonly found in powdered form or as part of a curry powder blend. Studies have shown that compounds in turmeric may inhibit production of inflammatory markers in muscle tissue, and enhance post-exercise muscle repair. Turmeric has also been shown to assist with circulation and the delivery of oxygen to working muscles.
Peppermint: Simply smelling peppermint may help boost your performance. Studies reveal that speed and strength are positively affected by the odor of peppermint or spearmint. You could consider adding fresh mint leaves to your drink or trying something mint flavored during that next key workout or race for a natural performance boost.
Chocolate: Cocoa is one of the richest sources of antioxidants we know of so far, and has been proven to have positive effects when it comes to heart and cardiovascular health. High levels of magnesium also mean it is beneficial for muscle function. But one of the latest findings that’s most applicable to triathletes is that cocoa has the ability to act as a mild sunscreen. When consumed in just 20 grams of dark chocolate, flavanols—one of the many antioxidants in cocoa—reduce UV-induced skin burning and help to fight off skin cancers. For triathletes, time in the sun is a given, making this a delicious and necessary addition to any diet. (Note: it is the cocoa that contains the health benefits, so consuming dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is the way to go.)
Moringa: Moringa is the most nutritious Superfood on the planet.Contains all the essential Amino Acids required for human protein synthesis, dozens of vitamins and minerals, 46 supreme and protective antioxidants and 36 natural anti inflammatory agents. The high protein, vitamin and antioxidant content of Moringa makes it an ideal supplement for demanding sportsmen and women.Its list of benefits make it an attractive proposition for anyone and a delicacy for athletes who expend large amounts of energy, such as cyclists, climbers, runners, etc. The plant acts by stimulating the body’s own anti-oxidising action, unlike other plants or synthetic preparations. This “helps athletes in the case of endurance sports that provoke liver stress”, underlines Professor Juan José Villegas, a specialist in Sports Medicine.
Introducing superfoods in your daily diet can enhance your workout experience and to speed your muscle recovery.