New research suggests beet juice can help athletes exercise for longer periods of time. The study highlighted that beet juice increases peoples performance in training sessions after the drank it over 2 weeks.
It reduced the training associated stress on the heart and allowed the heart to even pump oxygen better to the muscles used. Fatigue in the muscles was significantly reduced through an increase in stamina and endurance.
Lower blood pressures were recorded in athletes who drank bright red beet juice. The confirms previous results by other top researchers on this same topic. Beet juice usually costs around £2 per bottle, equating to £60 per month. Alternatively, the Vitanana team has also designed a beet juice extract capsules that cost £25 per month.
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The benefits benefits of the beetroot in sports has been assigned to the presence of nitrate. Nitrate is converted in the body to dilate (make wider or larger) the blood vessels to allow elevated blood flow. These factors are very important factors for exercise performance.
Nitrate gets involved in a chemical reaction which elevates the oxygen in specific regions lacking the supply.
In the study after 14 days of drinking beet juice, the participants had lower blood pressure and better dialated vessels.
Writing in the journal American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, the researchers said: ‘Exercise can be performed at a given workload for a longer period of time before the onset of fatigue.’
The study comes after a slew of research has revealed how beetroot juice has heart-related benefits.
Another paper, published in the journal Hypertension, found drinking one cup of beetroot juice a day led to a seven per cent drop in blood pressure readings in people with high blood pressure.
And before that, a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, found men who drank 500ml of beetroot juice a day were able to cycle 16 per cent longer on an exercise bike before tiring out.
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