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    Beetroot juice boost for muscles

    Beetroot juice boosts stamina by making muscles more fuel-efficient, scientists have found. Skip related content
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    Last year the same researchers reported that the red vegetable juice can increase physical endurance.

    The study focused on men aged 19 to 38 cycling on exercise bikes. Drinking half a litre of beetroot juice a day for a week enabled them to cycle 16% longer before getting tired out.

    Now the scientists believe they understand how the beetroot boost works.

    The new research showed that drinking beetroot juice doubled the amount of nitrate in the blood of volunteers, and reduced the rate at which muscles used their main source of energy.

    Beetroot juice helped muscles work more efficiently and lowered their oxygen uptake. The same effect was seen during both low-intensity and high-intensity exercise.

    Study leader Professor Andy Jones, from the University of Exeter's School of Sport and Health Sciences, said: "While our previous research demonstrated the benefits of nitrate-rich beetroot juice on stamina, our latest work indicates that this is consequent to a reduced energy cost of muscle force production.

    "Since our first study came out we have seen growing interest in the benefits of drinking beetroot juice in the world of professional sport and I expect this study to attract even more attention from athletes."

    The scientists believe nitrate from beetroot juice leads to increased levels of nitric oxide in the body, which affects a range of biological functions including blood flow, hormone levels and cell signalling.

    The new findings are published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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    Very nice. I love seeing sports nutrition head in this direction.


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    Just out of curiosity, were the subjects athletes or sedentary previous to the study?

    She really looks like someone set her face on fire and put it out with a bike chain.

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    Re: Beetroot juice boost for muscles

    Interesting. Beets are supposed to act as a methyl-donor similar to supplements like DMG or TMG. Never knew of the nitric oxide boosting potential, just the detoxification capabilities. Something cool to check out is the "mini-beet protocol" by Robert Von Sarbacher. His site does an okay job explaining it, but listening to him go through it in its entirety on air is pretty fascinating. For those interested, google mini beet protocol, then look for the link to oneradionetwork and you should see his name and/or live alchemy. There should be two shows/episodes/podcasts to listen to.


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    Re: Beetroot juice boost for muscles

    I found it to work, i have drank a cup of beet/kale juice a few time pre-wo. even before i heard about this a year or 2 ago (for pumps).
    pain in the ass to make though, even with a juicer, then you gotta clean it :-/




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