Natural Defences: Six Superfoods

Protect your body from the damage caused by running with these antioxidant-packed superfoods

by Matthew Kadey

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Going the extra mile(s) will whip you into PB  shape, but it's not a one-way street for your health and conditioning. Training hard also boosts your body's production of free radicals - unstable molecules that attack your body's cells.

Over time, the buildup of damage can hinder recovery and increase your risk of falling prey to illness, according to sports nutritionist Marie Spano.

So what's a runner's best defence? Eating plenty of antioxidants - compounds that can prevent that cell damage from occurring. For maximum benefits, runners should eat a wide variety of antioxidant-rich foods, says Spano.

You won't fall off your dining chair when you hear that fruit and veg are excellent sources, but because they only stay fresh for a few days, the smart move is to stock your cupboards and fridge with antioxidant-loaded options with a longer shelf life.

Enter the RW all-star lineup of long-lasting, convenient and protective superfoods to seriously boost your health. And seriously endanger your PBs.

Picture credit: Plamen Petkov

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No cherries in the article, I thought they were on of the best natural food sources for antioxidants.
Posted: 28/09/2011 at 12:06

You've misread the article Chris,

Most antioxidants will be found in fresh fruit and veg (as it says) but this just suggests some other foods the don't fall into this category.

Posted: 28/09/2011 at 15:46

Molasses (in crysallised form as opposed to the liquid) is also excellent to simultaneously flavour and sweaten porridge. No recipe required.
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 22:17

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Posted: 10/10/2011 at 04:40

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Posted: 10/10/2011 at 07:10

I get plenty of lentils but not much of the other stuff! Still I do eat plenty of fruit and veg so I hope I am covered. Not nice to think of those bloody free radicals ruining my temple .

 Thanks for the article.


Posted: 11/10/2011 at 01:22

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