New UK study shows that beetroot juice consumed before exercise may boost stamina and give people a little more go so that they can exercise or up to 16% longer.
The study, published in the journal of applied psychology indicates that the nitrate in the vegetable’s juice might reduce oxygen uptake so that exercise becomes less tiring.
Professor Andy Jones from Exeter University said “Our study is the first to show that nitrate-rich food can increase exercise endurance,” “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.”
“I am sure professional and amateur athletes will be interested in the results of this research,” added Prof Jones. “I am also keen to explore the relevance of the findings to those people who suffer from poor fitness and may be able to use dietary supplements to help them go about their daily lives.”
The study itself is optimistic that beetroot juice could become an important juice for the growing sports nutriton market.