As with all things, moderation is key. But some fresh foods may have a “scientific advantage” over others. Introducing a reasonable amount of the following foods could give the eater a small but noticeable “advantage.” Some of these foods may compound other conditions, so you may want to consult a physician before introducing a new food into your regular weekly diet.
Beet juice aids in stamina. They state that research shows it may be more effective than caffeine.
Honey help with endurance. Consuming honey before exercise acts like a “time-released” fuel keeping sugar and insulin levels steady longer.
Pea protein delays muscle fatigue. You can this in powder form. Since it’s rich in amino acids it can delay fatigue during exercise.
Blueberries reduces inflammation. When fresh blueberries aren’t available, you can use dried or freeze-dried berries.
Tart cherries fight pain and help one regain strength. In a test, it was found that drinking 12 oz of tart cherry juice twice a day helped them gain strength. Frozen, dried, or juice options. Remember you want 100% real juice with no sugar added.
Salmon to build muscle. Omega-3 fatty acids may also be a muscle booster. Try to include wild salmon in meals a few times a week, or even salmon jerky.
Watermelon reduces muscle soreness. It was found that watermelon juice helped relieve muscle soreness when drinking about 16oz an hour before exercise.
Pomegranate muscle strength recovery. It was found by researchers that it helps improve muscle recovery. About 4 ounces of juice was enough to help improve muscle soreness/weakness.
Coffee for next-day energy. It helps replenish glycogen more rapidly after exercise.
Watercress reduces DNA damage. It counters the “wear and tear” of exercise. 3 oz. of fresh watercress is enough.
Dark chocolate curb exercise-induced stress. In a study, the men who consumed 3.5 oz. dark chocolate before 2 1/2 hours of cycling experienced higher blood anti-oxidant levels.