Quick: When you think of foods that build muscle, what’s the first nutrient that comes to mind? We’d bet cold cash your answer was protein. But building muscle is about more than just maximizing muscle protein synthesis—you also want food that will up your energy to work out longer, decrease inflammation to help your muscles recover faster, and shred fat to uncover every ripple.
So what foods have the macro and micronutrients to do all this? Superfoods.
There’s no scientific definition of a superfood, but most nutritionists consider the category to be superstar food that far exceeds basic nutritional content. “To me, superfoods are quite simply the cleanest, most powerful, antioxidant-rich, phytonutrient-rich, vitamin-rich foods that have been shown to provide health benefits,” says Manuel Villacorta, R.D., founder of the Whole Body Reboot App and author of Peruvian Power Foods.
Check out our top 10 nutrient-packed superfoods to help you build muscle.