Vegan diet benefits for athletes 

Since we at Cornucopia in San Marcos are all about living organic, and seeing how the San Marcos State University paves the way for our students who have a knack for sports, it’s prime time to give a quick overview what going organic and eating a plant-based diet can really do for an athlete. 

Yeah, you’ve certainly heard the out dated rule that in order for an athlete to thrive, you need to eat plenty of meat, but this is far from true. 

If you don’t believe us, take the word of Venus Williams, or runner Scott Jurek, or even the basketball player John Salley. If the top professional athletes are going organic and on a plant-based diet, there’s certainly a lot of benefits you can enjoy with a nutrition like this. 

So, let’s take the time and list some of them: 

Improved Cardiovascular health 

Low in saturated fats and cholesterol, you can count on a plant-based diet to maintain great heart health with ease. What does this mean for the athletes? The better the functioning of your cardiovascular system, the longer you can run, the higher you can jump, the harder you can train. All of that with a quicker recovery times between your training. 

Increased Overall Endurance

The professional athletes report another benefit – endurance through the roof. And with better endurance, comes better athletic performance. Think of Mac Danzing. A vegan MMA fighter? We all agree, MMA is a high-endurance sport, so what’s he doing going organic? The results speak for themselves. 

High endurance is quite easy to achieve with an organic lifestyle. 

Improved Digestive Health

As the organic plant-based nutrition Cornucopia provides for the San Marcos residents and hopefully, its athletes, is rich in fruits, veggies and whole grains, your body doesn’t have to worry about properly digesting the food you eat. All that fiber does the trick and optimizes digestion, and nobody can run their fastest when slowed down by bloating or constipation. This solely contributes to better performance for athletes who opt for a vegan diet. 


There you have it, San Marcos athletes. We hope we gave you a little bit of insight of what an organic, plant-based diet can do for your athletic performance and we hope we provided you with enough reasons to give us a visit at Cornucopia and start your organic journey as soon as possible. 

We’ll leave you with a quote from Venus Williams herself – “Once I started, I fell in love with the concept of fuelling your body in the best way possible. Not only does it help me in court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me.”

 “Once I started, I fell in love with 

the concept of fueling your body 

in the best way possible. Not 

only does it help me on the court, 

but I feel like I’m doing the right 

thing for me.”

—Tennis great 

Venus Williams

In 2015 

Scott Jurek

set the Appalachian 

Trail speed record, 

averaging nearly 

50 miles a day 

over 46 days.