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Beet Juice Boosts Stamina by 16%

Beet Juice Boosts Stamina by 16%

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Beet Juice Boosts Stamina by 16%

(OrganicJar) Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests.

A University of Exeter team found that the nitrate contained in the vegetable leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake, making exercise less tiring. The study suggests the effect is greater than that which can be achieved by regular training.

Beetroot juice has previously been shown to reduce blood pressure.

The researchers believe their findings could help people with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases and endurance athletes.

The Study

They focused on eight men aged 19-38, who were given 500ml per day of organic beetroot juice for six consecutive days before completing a series of tests, involving cycling on an exercise bike.

On another occasion, they were given a placebo of blackcurrant cordial for six consecutive days before completing the same cycling tests.

After drinking beetroot juice the group was able to cycle for an average of 11.25 minutes – 92 seconds longer than when they were given the placebo.

This would translate into an approximate 2% reduction in the time taken to cover a set distance.

The group that had consumed the beetroot juice also had lower resting blood pressure.

Why Does This Happen

The researchers are not yet sure of the exact mechanism that causes the nitrate in the beetroot juice to boost stamina. However, they suspect it could be a result of the nitrate turning into nitric oxide in the body, reducing how much oxygen is burned up by exercise.

Study researcher Professor Andy Jones – an adviser to top UK athlete Paula Radcliffe – said: “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.

“Certainly, a diet high in nitrate-rich fruits and vegetables is good for your heart health and this study provides further evidence of this.”

My Thoughts

I love beet juice!! If you follow me on twitter (@OrganicJar) you know I am always juicing beets. My favorite recipe: beets, carrots, cucumbers with a splash of coconut water!

Also, don’t forget to juice the ‘stem and leaves’ of the beets as they are full of nutrition, some studies I’ve read say they are more nutrient dense than the beets themselves.

What Are Your Favorite Beet Recipes? Leave a Comment Below.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk

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  1. Nitrate is a toxin, I cannot eat cured meat for this reason otherwise I get very severe headaches for many days. Nitrate is used in cured meat to kill the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which produces the botulinum toxin. Nitrate causes me headaches and destroys bacteria because it produces huge amounts of free radicals like nitrite.

    Beet likely contains metal chelators (like many vegs and fruits) that account for the improved athletic performance and lower blood pressure. But nitrate is not one.

    Though raw beet juice may have far more therapeutic effect than heat-treated beet juice it also contains more toxins not destroyed by cooking. In the case of raw beet juice it may “increase your heart rate, cause fever or paralyze your vocal chords.” (http://health-care.eu/raw-beet-juice-a-great-cleanser-of-the-body where you can also see other benefits of raw beet juice). Fever is a sign your immune system is weakened by a high level of oxidative stress in this case due to the toxins of raw beet juice.

  2. Do you need to drink fresh beet juice to get these results or will the beet juice powders or crystals work?

  3. You need to drink freshly juiced beets :)

  4. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  5. Beets is part of the Ukrainian soup borsch. 50 years ago for this soup used only kvass from beets. I think that these results apply to people who regularly eat borsch!

  6. thanks so much for the great article!

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