6 Superfoods That Will Make You a Happier, Healthier Athlete

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We think all food is super, but some foods really do have super-food properties—meaning they can reduce inflammation and improve performance.

Tart Cherry Juice

Bowls of berries, an athlete superfood, and mug of tart cherry juice

Full of antioxidants and quercetin (a polyphenol), tart cherry juice “can increase run performance and decrease post-race inflammation,” says Ashley Reaver, a registered dietician and the lead research scientist for the athlete blood-testing company Inside Tracker. A 2010 study in Medicine and Science in Sport found marathon runners who drank tart cherry juice had less inflammation and better strength recovery post-race than the group that got a placebo. Reaver’s prescription? “Drink 12 ounces of unsweetened tart cherry juice two times per day, for five days leading up to the event, the day of the event, and two to four days after the event, to help reduce muscle damage and aid recovery.”

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