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Beetroot juice may boost endurance - forget the training

Greg P's picture

By Greg P - Posted on 13 August 2009

Consuming beetroot juice may boost stamina and allow people to exercise for up to 16 per cent longer, according to a new study from the UK. The vegetable juice’s nitrate content may reduce oxygen uptake to an extent that cannot be achieved by any other known means, making exercise less tiring, according to findings published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. “We were amazed by the effects of beetroot juice on oxygen uptake because these effects cannot be achieved by any other known means, including training.”

“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,” wrote Jones and his co-workers.

philberesford's picture

I've got to try this out. Anyone know where can you can buy pre-squeezed Beetroot Juice? or is time to finally buy a juicer and DIY?

Rob's picture

Be careful, I've heard your... erm... 'output' will change in colour.

Flynny's picture

And here I was complaining when the night before last club round the Girl served up beetroot soup and not a big plate of pasta...

It just goes to prove you can beat an egg but ya can't beat a root

dkido's picture

OK, here is a company that makes it and locations.
basically check out your local vitamin/ health food store.

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