Friday, August 7, 2009

Beetroot Juice Improves Performance

“The principal original finding of this investigation is that three days of dietary supplementation with nitrate-rich beetroot juice (which doubled the plasma nitrite) significantly reduced the O2 cost of cycling at a fixed sub-maximal work rate and increased the time to task failure during severe exercise,”
Close-up of a fork in a bowl of beetroot
Researchers suspect that the stamina increase may be a result of the nitrate turning into nitric oxide in the body, reducing the oxygen cost of the exercise (nitric oxide increases blood flow by triggering vasodialation of blood vessels cvphysiology).

MY COMMENT: I hate beets!

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