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Chocolate, please. In happy news, researchers from London's Kingston University found that dark chocolate may boost performance. Cyclists who ate two ounces daily for two weeks rode farther and tolerated more intense exercise compared with baseline tests. Researchers think epicatechins (a type of polyphenol in chocolate) may indirectly increase nitric oxide availability, which improves oxygen delivery to muscles by enhancing bloodflow. Studies show that beet juice improves performance in a similar way. You can make dark chocolate a part of your daily diet, but cut back on calories elsewhere since two ounces pack about 300 calories. Hold the beers. Better pass on those postrace brewskis, at least initially. In a study by the University of Costa Rica, athletes drank three pints of beer or water within an hour of finishing a workout. Predictably, the beer drinkers had poor ba...

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