Rumour has it athletes at the London Olympics drank beetroot juice for peak performance.
Other rumours claim it will help you run faster, pedal harder and work out longer. But how true are these rumours
- Beetroot is an excellent source of iron and folate.
- It helps to lower high blood pressure.
- Beetroot Helps to detoxify the liver.
- They also contain more nitrates than any other vegetable. Nitrates are converted to nitric oxide through a series of reactions, which expands blood vessels to accommodate greater blood flow. This increase in blood flow allows more oxygen and nutrients to be delivered around the body.
Several studies have now confirmed the effects of nitrates on athletic performance including a study done at the University of Exerter’s School of Sport and Health Sciences, using beet juice.
The study looked at eight male cyclists consuming half a liter (500ml) of beet juice (approx. 2 cups), containing nearly 700 mg of naturally occurring nitrate, for six days.
The control group with the placebo drank 500 ml of black currant cordial containing very minimal nitrates for the same amount of time.
The beet juice group was able to cycle an average of 16 percent longer!!
So I don’t know about you guys, but I think I will be getting out the juicer and blending those beets today!