18 Power Foods for Every Occasion

Omega-3 Rich Eggs 

Omega-3 rich eggs are considered a power food not only for being a great protein source but also for their levels of choline. Choline is a nutrient that is needed in the cell membranes, where flexibility and integrity are needed most. Choline is also a key component of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that carries messages to and from nerves. Acetylcholine is the chemical that sends messages between nerves and muscles which can be a factor in performance and reaction time.

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Turmeric 

Turmeric is an up-and-coming power food in the world of performance. Traditionally used as a powerful anti-inflammatory spice in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. The volatile oils of turmeric have demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory results. As an antioxidant, curcumin (the yellow and orange components in turmeric) is able to neutralize free radicals. This is important to athletes as it may decrease painful joint inflammation.

Olive oil 

Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats which may help lower blood cholesterol. Its antioxidants may help protect against some cancers. Among the extensive list of phytonutrients, no single category of nutrients is more important than its polyphenols.

Salmon 

Salmon is a premiere source of omega-3 fatty acids. Due to the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), found in some fish, eating two servings of fish per week may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, also minimize symptoms of arthritis and inflammatory diseases, as well as contribute to healthy skin and hair, and alleviate depression.

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Ginger

Traditionally ginger has been considered a power food due to its ability to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why some athletes (and arthritis patients) may experience reductions in their pain levels as well as improvements in their mobility. Ginger is considered a power food for many athletes because it can help promote sweating, which is often helpful to assist in much needed detoxification.  

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt, is an excellent source of calcium, protein and "friendly bacteria". Probiotics can help boost the immune system and aid in digestion. There is increasing evidence that calcium may be a prime belly-buster and assistant in weight loss. A University of Tennessee study found that dieters who consumed between 1,200 and 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day lost nearly twice as much weight as those taking in less calcium.  Good news for pre-season training.

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