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Mat för löpare: Eat smart & Run well

October 5, 2012

In the end of the 91K stage of the 2009 Marathon des Sables I shared my superfood powder mix with a fellow runner. When we finished he asked me: “Fredrik, what was stuff we had? I felt soo strong, I could carry on much further.” “Superfood” I answered.

Recently I was interviewed by LiveLife, a magazine about natural health & nutrition, with approx 400 000 readers. As a runner and user of superfoods since several years they wanted to hear my opinions. I told them how I started with superfoods:

In 2005 when I was in Chamonix to run the UTMB the first time I stumbled across Green Magma, a nutritional supplement made from dried barley grass. Appearently several world class ultra runners were using this “magical” powder. There was pictures with Scott Jurek with the Green Magma logo. According to Greenfoods website “these supplements enhance his performance by providing valuable nutrients, antioxidants, and detoxifiers that increase energy output, provide protection against toxins, and promote cellular regeneration.” Other ultra runners with the Green Magma logo was Marco Olmo, Krissy Moehl, Hiroki Ishikawa and Karine Herry.

Myself I soon started to use Green Magma on a regular basis, which I still do, but not as a magical quick-fix, rather as a nutritional supplement. I use to mix it with apple juice and a powder I have made of dried nettles, and drink one small cup every morning. With a small shaker it’s very simple. Maybe I take a few spirulina pills with it, just to be on the safe side.

When I scouted superfoods for my superfood project for the Marathon des Sables 2009, where my food pack consisted of superfoods, I came in contact with Superfruit, a Swedish company specialised in high-antioxidant natural supplements. I have been testing their products since then. A year ago I connected them with Thule Adventure Team, Adventure Racing World Champions 2011. Also this year, when they came 2nd, Martin Flinta and his team mates used selected superfoods for better recovery and performance.

Recently I was reminded of the connection between superfoods and running, when I stumbled upon an ad on scattered with wellknown ultrarunners.

I have written before about Brendan Brazier‘s book Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life. Since the past summer Scott Jurek has a new book out about eating and running: Run & Eat. If you’re interested in optimizing your performance & recovery, you should check it out! Here’s a recipe from the book:

Green Power Pre-Workout Drink

“Hippie Dan first taught me the importance of greens like spirulina and wheatgrass. Spirulina is a green algae said to have been carried into battle by Aztec warriors. Used for centuries as a weight-loss aid and immune-booster, it has lately been studied and shown promising results as a performance enhancer for long-distance runners. Because spirulina is marketed as a dietary supplement rather than a food, the FDA does not regulate its production; buy it only from a health food store and a brand you trust.

Packed with protein (spirulina is a complete protein) and rich in vitamins and minerals, this smoothie is an excellent source of nutrition. For a little extra carbohydrate boost, replace 1 cup water with 1 cup apple or grape juice.

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple chunks
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 teaspoon miso

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 to 2 minutes, until the mixture is completely smooth. Drink 20 to 30 ounces (21⁄2 to 33⁄4 cups) 15 to 45 minutes before a run.”

Check out this video clip with Kilian Jornet and Scott Jurek running on mountain trails and talking about finding the balance in life, between running, playing and racing.

There are many superfoods, easy to get a hold of, not too expensive. Check out Mike Adams’ post on about his Top-4 superfoods: fish oil, astaxanthin, Vitamin-D and Turmeric.

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