Turkey can improve an individual's athletic performance by up to 20%, new research has claimed.

In a study conducted by the University of Chichester's School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, athletes eating 145g of turkey breast a day saw a 40% improvement in muscle response, while cyclists' performance improved by 13%.

"I suspect if we raised the dietary intake to the equivalent of 250-300g of turkey a day for six to 12 months, we would see a possible 80% increase in muscle concentration and further performance improvements," said research leader Glenys Jones.