Many athletes use energy drinks and caffeine as a pre-workout stimulant. A study led by the University of Exeter, published in 2009 by the “Journal of Applied Physiology,” said that beetroot juice is very benefit when it comes to enhancing athletic endurance. This vegetable does not only show result in strengthening athletic performance, but also may help boost your immune system and improve your health.
– Beetroot juice and cyclists
A study, which was performed in 2011 with a group of cyclists, proved that beetroot improves your endurance up to16 percent. Respondents were cats cyclist. The cyclists were spread in two groups. The first group was drinking half a liter of beetroot juice, half a hour before the race, and the other half were drinking red beetroot juice but without nitrates in it. The results showed that cyclists after ingesting juice nitrates rode much faster than riders who drank red juice without nitrates.
Nitrates are helpful to athletes because they quickly bring oxygen to muscles, essentially making the more difficult efforts easier. Nitrates can be found in other vegetables, such as lettuce, celery, parsley and cabbage.
– Cardiovascular benefits
Athletes are not the only ones who get benefit from nitrates. The older people and those with lung diseases, heart and metabolic diseases can also get benefit of the increased supply of oxygen in the body. Scientists found that nitrates reduce low blood pressure, by expanding blood vessels.
Beetroot juice is also useful for hydration of athletes. The electrolytes maintenance is a challenge, especially when the athletes are competing when it’s hot. Beetroot juice, which is rich in potassium may help you regulate the amount of fluid and the electrolyte balance. The beetroot juice is also acting anti-inflammatory because it contains betaine. This can also help in reducing the risk of chronic inflammation. Beetroots are also high in vitamin C, A, B1, B2 and B6.