Do you want to cycle for longer? New studies showed that drinking beetroot juice regularly can improve your endurance performance.
Consuming beetroot juice on a regular basis can have positive cardiovascular effects during workout, which results in an increase in endurance performance, according to clinical study.
In the study, which was published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, healthy male participants consumed beetroot juice for 15 days. As the trial ended, results showed that participants’ blood pressure had lowered and blood vessels had dilated at both rest and during exercise.
The results suggest, according to the researchers, that beetroot juice can be used as a dietary supplement to improve oxygen delivery to the muscles and reduce the work the heart does during workout. Exercise can be performed at a given workload for a longer period of time before the onset of fatigue.
Beetroot juice’s relationship with cycling has been ongoing for several years. A dietary source of the molecule nitrate, it has been shown to dilate blood cells and improve blood flow, which are both important factors for athletic performance.
This is yet another study that emphasizes the importance of dietary nitrates and why cyclists should start taking this topic seriously. And keep in mind, it’s nitrates that have a positive effect on performance, not the food itself.
While beet juice is a good source of nitrate, many other foods contain nitrates that will also improve physiological function, such as spinach and cherries.