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Medicinal Foods For Endurance Athletes

  • By Marni Sumbal, R.D.
  • Published May 30, 2014
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Dark, leafy greens

Rich in vitamin K1, dark, leafy greens assist in blood clotting as well as activating osteocalcin, a protein that promotes healthy bones. Kale, spinach, broccoli, parsley, asparagus, celery, tomatoes, Swiss chard and leeks are also excellent sources of vitamin K. Because vitamin K is a fat-soluble nutrient, you’ll maximize nutrition if you combine heart-healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado) with your dark leafy greens.

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