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Beetroot boosts your stamina

I reviewed a study last year that shows drinking about 2 cups of beetroot juice a day can reduce blood pressure levels. It is an interesting study if you haven’t read it before.

Now a small study has shown that drinking beetroot juice can boost your stamina by reducing oxygen uptake which makes exercise less tiring.

Another good reason to enjoy beetroot juice!


The beetroot juice study

Researchers tracked 8 men aged 19 to 38, who were given 500ml (about 2 cups) a day of organic beetroot juice for six consecutive days before completing a series of tests, like cycling on an exercise bike.

Afterwards they were given a placebo drink for six consecutive days before completing the same exercise tests.

After drinking beetroot juice for the 6 days they could cycle for an average of 92 seconds longer than when they were given the placebo drink. Drinking the beetroot juice boosts stamina and helped them exercise for up to 16% longer. To elite athletes this is a great improvement.

In addition, I was not surprised to read that those that drank the beetroot juice had lower resting blood pressure. :)


Why does beetroot juice boost stamina?

The University of Exeter team found a nitrate contained in beetroot leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake. This makes exercise less tiring and thus the men in the study could cycle for longer.

Lead researcher Professor Jones 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.”

The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.


Kellie’s Tips:

Sweeten up beetroot juice by adding into your juicer some apples, oranges and citrus fruits for a sweeter and tasty drink. Delicious! Also, if you are not keen on beetroot, you can find nitrates in lettuce and spinach too.


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She helps on the websites and gathering news for the programs. Kellie worked in the medical industry prior to having her two children (8 and 6) and has a strong interest in self awareness and management of health conditions.


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