Wonder which foods build muscle, boost stamina, and help your body recover after exertion? Superfoods, for one, thanks to their uniquely potent nutritional profiles. Superfoods are abundant in five key nutrients critical for a strong, active body: protein, sugar, adaptogens, antioxidants and minerals.
As the building block of life, protein grows, repairs and maintains our muscle fibers—which is particularly important after we’ve stretched and exerted them during a workout. Plant-based protein is a critical component of many Navitas Organics superfoods.
Resiliency Builders (aka “adaptogens”)
Adaptogens get their name from their ability to assess your body and bring balance in the ways you need it most. They support a healthy adrenal system, regulating your hormonal responses to stress. Maca, a superfood from the Peruvian Andes, is revered for its strong adaptogenic qualities and a key ingredient in many of our products.
Sugar (yes, really)
Naturally occurring sugars offer quick, easy-to-digest energy, perfect for a pre-workout boost. Unlike cane and other refined sugars, they come from real whole foods—including fruits, maple syrup and honey—and retain valuable trace vitamins and minerals. All of Navitas Organics’ superfruits, including Mulberries, Goji Berries, and Goldenberries, in addition to our Power Snacks and Superfood+ Bars, contain energizing natural sugars.
Antioxidants & Minerals
Post-workout, foods with antioxidants and minerals, like maqui, acai, and cacao—along with protein—help your body repair and rebuild. Antioxidants support cellular and tissue health and prevent chronic disease by combating unstable molecules called free radicals. In addition, they reduce inflammation and fatigue and repair tissue damage after a workout.
Minerals aid in the formation of cells and tissues, particularly red blood cells, nerve tissues, muscles, bones and teeth. They also help maintain muscle agility and relaxation. Electrolytes, great to drink after a workout, are a type of mineral that specifically supports hydration and muscle function.
By fueling strong with superfoods, you give your body the base it needs to perform at its best for you.
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