The Gladiator Diet How Vegetarian Athletes Stack Up

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Comparing the diets of the Roman gladiator “barley men” and army troopers to the modern Spartans of today.

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This is the first in a 3-part series on vegetarian athletes. Stay tuned for The First Studies on Vegetarian Athletes ( and Vegetarian Muscle Power, Strength, and Endurance (

Regardless of your underlying diet, there are certain foods that may help enhance athletic performance and recovery:
• Reducing Muscle Fatigue with Citrus (
• Reducing Muscle Soreness with Berries (
• Preventing Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress With Watercress (
• “Veg-Table” Dietary Nitrate Scoring Method (
• Fennel Seeds to Improve Athletic Performance (
• Coconut Water for Athletic Performance vs. Sports Drinks (
• Foods to Improve Athletic Performance and Recovery (
• Ground Ginger to Reduce Muscle Pain (
• Enhanced Athletic Recovery Without Undermining Adaptation (
• Watermelon for Sore Muscle Relief (

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