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5 superfoods said to boost athletic performance

As the world watches events in Tokyo, we take a look at some of the best foods to improve athletic performance.

1. Chia seeds: These ancient Mexican seeds provide steady energy by slowing glucose absorption. They also soak up 10 times their weight in liquid, keeping you hydrated.

2. Beets: Beets are shown to increase endurance by up to 16% by boosting oxygen efficiency and lowering blood pressure.

3. Green Tea : Catechin, the active ingredient in green tea, can improve metabolism to burn fat. The tea's caffeine can also reduce fatigue and increase adrenaline.

4. Pomegranates: The high levels of the polyphenol punicalagin can help put bad cholesterol in check.

5. Watercress: According to a 2012 study, the peppery leafy green can significantly decrease damage by free radicals when eaten before an intense workout.

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