What are the best muscle foods? Here are 4 must-have foods you should include in your diet.
You might automatically go for protein, such as grass-fed beef. That answer is a good one, but it is not a complete answer. Your body needs more than just protein to grow healthy and strong muscles. In fact, it needs a lot of vitamins and minerals in order for you to bulk-up. Here is a closer look at those needs.
1. Iron – There is plenty of Iron in lean red meats. Iron is essential for many processes in the body and one of those is the health of your red blood cells. Healthy red blood cells work hard to bring your muscle cells the food and energy they need while discarding all the junk. There is a lot of bio-waste created when your cells burn energy. The process involves breaking apart chemical bonds and harnessing the energy from those bonds. The aftermath is oxidative stress and free radicals. All of that “garbage” is hauled off by the red blood cells where it is either recycled or eliminated.
Foods that are rich in iron include Spinach, leafy greens, beans and legumes, and most nuts. These are also foods that are low in cholesterol. You can prime your body to build muscle by making sure that your circulatory system is in good shape.
2. Calcium – We think about calcium being a bone builder, but it helps with muscle building too. It is one of the key minerals that our body uses when muscles contract. If you want to build bigger and stronger muscles, then those muscles you have, need to contract. It is the contraction of a muscle that allows us to move and to lift weights. Without enough calcium, the process of growing large muscles is slow and tedious.