Beetroot juice is now being touted as something that you can use, to maximise your workout in able you to do more than you would have been able to do before. It’s being stated that you will be able to do 16 % more than you would normally be able to do.
The researchers think this will be of particular benefit to endurance athletes, who sometimes need that extra bit of endurance to be able to do more long-term. The study which this was based around found that the beetroot juice minimises the amount of oxygen uptake when you are doing your workout.
This may be particularly useful to elderly people, and others who have cardio vascular problems or a respiratory problem. The group of people who did the research had a core group of men aged between 19 and 38.
During the trial period they were given 500 milliliters of beetroot juice, just to see what effect it had to their overall endurance. This was done over a period of six days. They exercised on exercise bike, and over another period of six days were given a placebo of blackcurrant juice and told to do the same things as regards their exercise.
When they had the beetroot juice they were able to exercise for a period of 11.25 minutes, which is over 92 seconds without drinking it. This may not sound a lot but it is still there. Another good side benefit of this was that the group that had the beetroot juice had lower blood pressure also, which is not to be sniffed at.
What the actual mechanism as to why this work so well, is actually unknown at the moment but the researchers seem to think it’s something to do with nitrate in the body which turns into nitric acid in the body, and this expends the effect of the oxygen or the cost of it.
One of the researchers said that this was the first time that it has been proved that nitrates contained within foods can. Actually help with our overall endurance when it comes to it.
They are hoping to conduct more on the way nitrates work in the body which enables people to work out for longer. If you don’t like eating beetroot then this is a great way to get it in your diet, but if you do like beetroot then eat as much as you can it is very good for you overall.
Here are some health benefits of beetroot
- Good for your central nervous system, if you are suffering from stress this is partly due to the high amount of vitamin B6 it contains
- It’s good for lowering blood pressure
- Exhibit’s properties of a laxative, so if you’re suffering from constipation beetroot makes an excellent choice for this particular problem
- Particularly good for your liver, if a liver is working correctly it helps to break down fat within your body aand helps the weight loss process
- Very good properties as far as lowering cholesterol is concerned
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