Do you have a firm handle on your fuel? Among the many performance factors you need to consider as an athlete, nutrition is very important. In fact, three major superfoods can help you optimize the twin engines of sustained peak performance: cardio and endurance.
Traditionally used in Chinese medicine, this “supershroom” is showing up as a main ingredient in supplements that enhance athletic performance (including our PowerUp supplement, which is designed to deliver clean, sustainable energy). Scientific research is still being conducted, but promising studies show that cordyceps could carry several benefits for athletes, namely improving energy, stamina, and endurance.
A superfood that goes by many names, including “arctic root” and “rose root,” Rhodiola root extract derives from Rhodiola rosea, a flowering plant native to the arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and Alaska. Traditionally used as an adaptogen, Rhodiola increases the body’s resistance to stress by reducing fatigue, exhaustion, and anxiety. Endurance athletes often wrestle with these high-stress aspects of their training, and Rhodiola root is one remedy that can help return an athlete to optimal performance.
Beetroot (aka beets)
We’ve known for a long time about the nutritional benefits of beetroot, including high fiber and antioxidants, but recent evidence shows that the superfood could also serve to boost athletic performance by promoting muscle oxygenation. Not only that, but beetroot has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and increase stamina. This is especially important for athletes looking to maintain a high level of exercise for long periods of time.
It can be hard to find such superfoods (in high-quality form) in whole foods as well as manufactured supplements. That’s why we designed a product that draws on the best of both worlds.