Eating Well

Good for Every Body

Athletes

Peanuts are packed, full of energy and proteins for hard-core athletes and active persons. On top of this, peanuts contain high amounts of arginine, a protein especially important during exercise and physical activities. Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide. This protein helps open blood vessels, allowing for better blood flow and circulation throughout the body and especially to active muscles. Blood carries with them oxygen, giving muscles a breath of fresh air during physical activities. The proteins found in peanuts also help repair damaged tissues and cells –damage caused when muscles are torn down to build up bigger. Recent research shows that arginine may also help decrease the size of these white fat cells and increase muscle mass/retention –a definite plus when trying stay fit and lean.

Eating Well and Athletes