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Drinking Beet Juice Improves Athletic Performance
Beet juice contains nitrates, which act like couriers to quickly deliver oxygen to your muscles.
Independent studies have shown that beet juice increases athletic performance, improves stamina and strength, and also allows the body to recuperate better from physical activity by increasing the amount of oxygen and blood flow to the muscles, heart, and brain*.
Beet juice also lowers blood pressure, purifies the blood, improves cardiovascular health, and reduces inflammation in the body.
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Beets are High in Nitrates
Beets are bursting with naturally occurring nitrates. When consumed, a chain reaction occurs in the body that converts these nitrates into nitric oxide (NO) – a molecule that improves oxygen and blood flow throughout the body.
Nitric oxide has two major effects on an athlete. The first is that it causes blood vessels to dilate, enhancing blood and oxygen flow throughout the brain, heart, and muscles. At the same time, it makes the mitochondria more efficient so they are able to create the same energy while consuming less oxygen. This is a powerful combination that helps the body extend endurance and improve intensity levels during exercise.
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Beet juice increased time to exhaustion: cyclists who drank beet juice could ride 16% longer than without beet juice in their diet. The beet juice also allowed them to increase intensity with less oxygen cost. (study)
Beet juice improved performance (1-3%) and power output in 4km, 10km, and 16km cycling time trials. (study)
Runners who ate baked beets before running a 5km time trial ran faster (and the last 1.8 km five per cent faster), and had a lower rate of perceived exertion during the first part of the run. (study)
Trained divers could hold their breath almost half-a-minute longer if they drank beet juice before their dive. (study)
In well-trained rowers, beet juice improved times for a set of 6 x 500m repetitions, especially the later repetitions. (study)
Beet juice enhanced repeated sprint performance and reaction time response during prolonged intermittent exercise, which reflects typical work patterns during team sports. (study)
Beetroot Juice Improves On-Water 500 M Time-Trial Performance in National and International-Level Kayak Athletes. (study)
Beetroot juice found to be more effective than nitrate supplements during exercise. (study)
The nitrates in beet juice restore blood vessel function, providing mountain climbers, skiers and hikers the oxygen their body needs at high altitudes. (study)
In walkers and runners, beet juice reduced the oxygen cost of walking, as well as moderate and intense running, and increased time to exhaustion for both. (study)
Beets and The Blood – Improves Heart Health
Research has shown that a daily inorganic nitrate dose (like from beet juice) can be as effective as medical intervention in reducing blood pressure and improving heart health. Some of the findings include:
Drinking 8oz of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points. (study)
Beet juice contributed to a reduction in arterial stiffness as well as a sustained reduction in blood pressure. This was found to be as effective as prescription medication. (study)
Seniors With Heart Failure Benefit From Beetroot Juice. (study)
Patients with COPD were able to improve their exercise function after drinking beet juice. (study)
Betaine found in beet juice helps to maintain liver, heart, and kidney health. (study)