Elk and Venison

Roast venison loin fillet on red wine sauce     Photo: Steven Morrison/the food passi

Yep, game meats are full of protein, but they’re also high in heme iron, the easy-to-absorb kind found in animal products, and zinc. Extra iron is especially important for injury prevention—sports nutritionists often associate low iron levels with overuse injuries and fatigue. Zinc, meanwhile, boosts the ­immune system and helps heal wounds. ­
Dosage: Four ounces, or about one small steak, at least three to four times a week ­during recovery.

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