You may have heard about all the great benefits of eating foods loaded with antioxidants, but there are some you may not know about. Antioxidant rich foods fight free radicals, which damage your body, keeping you looking and feeling great by slowing the aging process, they also help prevent cancer, heart disease and a host of other chronic diseases. However, another use you may not know is they also help you to recover from exercise, which allows more muscles to develop and less body fat in the long term.
Antioxidants have an important role in recovery from exercise by neutralising the free radicals created during training. When we exercise these free radicals are produced and they begin to damage muscle tissue. By making sure we have a good supply of antioxidants available to fight free radicals we can dramatically decrease the damage they can cause and improve the muscle recovery process. Eating a good source of antioxidants about an hour before training is a great strategy for improving the results of your program.
Some of the best sources of antioxidants are berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries), cherries, acai fruit, different teas (green tea, oolong tea, white tea, black tea), nuts, seeds, red and black beans, purple potatoes, grapes, red wine, cinnamon, and dark chocolate or cocoa. Remember not to be fooled by expensive pills and supplements as real food is always preferred and much cheaper.
A pre workout antioxidant rich snack like a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter, a small amount of blackberry jam, with a pile of fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries is something you might like to try. You could also try a glass of green tea sweetened with a small amount of honey. This will give you a surplus of antioxidants as the almond butter, blackberry, blueberries, raw honey, and the green tea are all loaded with different varieties of muscle protecting, anti aging antioxidants. This would be a great meal to have about an hour before training. Try this for your self of you can come up with your own antioxidant rich combination to maximise your training.
Our bodies are constantly bombarded each day by free radicals (which creates oxidative stress) from training, air pollution, smoke, sun exposure, junk food, exposure to chemicals, etc. In order to experience the full benefits of antioxidants, try to make sure that every meal and snack you eat has at least one or two sources of antioxidant rich foods. This will give you a constant supply of antioxidants throughout each day, which can prevent damage from the free radicals you are constantly exposed to.
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