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Beetroot juice boosts endurance, experts say

September 3, 2009 by  

Beetroot juice boosts endurance, experts say As there is growing evidence of the link between physical fitness and health at all stages of life, it may be welcome news that people can boost their exercise capacity by drinking beetroot extract.

Researchers from the University of Exeter in England found that beetroot juice can help boost stamina and may allow some people to exercise up to 16 percent longer while reducing the risk of muscle pain and soreness.

The scientists explain that compounds in the extract help reduce oxygen uptake, a major factor behind muscle fatigue, probably because nitrate in the juice turns to nitric oxide in the body, thereby lowering the amount of oxygen needed to perform energy-intensive exercises.

Professor Andy Jones of the University of Exeter’s School of Sport and Health Sciences says their work is the first to show that nitrate-rich food can improve exercise endurance.

"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," he adds.

The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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  • Bill Holloway

    Beeta have very little juice. How do you extract it?

  • Bill Holloway

    Beets contain very little juice. How do you extract it?

  • Richard Pawley

    Don’t know much about beetroot juice but I do know that starting last year I discovered that the beets used for making sugar are genetically modified in this country (USA), so I went out and purchased a few years supply of pure cane sugar before they do something to that too (and it’s gone up in price more than my money would have gotten in a bank CD). I have always tried to keep up with what is really going on with our food, health and nutrition and I have been a subscriber to Dr. Joseph Mercola of Chicago’s FREE health and nutrition email newsletter. Over 100,000 health professionals subscribe because it is cutting edge. All he does is research (he has five doctors who work for him at his clinic but he reads up to 4,000 pages a week). I have always been of the opinion that health is something you can’t take for granted and have spent 35 years learning, but I have learned from Mercola’s weekly newsletter – and it’s FREE. Don’t be turned off by the fact that he sells a few products. They are only things he or his family use themselves and he does have to earn extra money to fight the frivolous lawsuits that the pharmaceutical industry harasses him with for exposing what they do. WWW and his name MERCOLA dot com will take you to the site. I even mentioned him in my new book about the fall of our nations economy which is still coming. If you read his newsletter consistently, at first you will be astounded, then you will say this stuff can’t be true. Eventually when you delve deeper hopefully you will discover that it is a lot safer and cheaper to change your life style and stay stay healthy and away from doctors and most especially hospitals. When I published “The Last Days of the Late Great United States” in the summer, 180,000 Americans a year were dying by accidents or wrong dosages or even wrong medicines or something they caught in the hospital. I write about friends who have died this way but the number is already up to 200,000 a year even without government run health care. Pretend you live in a country like Canada or the UK and have to use their socialized health care and wait months to see a doctor and you’ll get the idea. Stay healthy and away for doctors if you can. Don’t jump on every new discovery until there is some solid evidence behind it, like Muscadine Grape Seed, Kelp, Vitamin D-3, etc. Mercola does tend to be a bit of an extremist on health but the doctors nearly killed him so I can understand that.

  • William Franklin Openshaw

    Juicers like the on sold on TV by the muscle man
    (can’t think of his name), work well.
    The best one is probably the Norwalk.

  • s c

    This is one supplement I’ve not tried yet. If it acts like an energy enhancer, then anyone who has chronic fatigue should benefit. The primary caveat is to get the BEST quality you can find. Stay away from the local grocery store’s vitamin ‘specials.’
    If it works, then you owe it to yourself to use it. Besides, any supplement that keeps you away from a mainstream MD has to be good for your health. Most people should know by now that the AMA’s food pyramid scam is out-dated and amounts to worthless information. And, never forget that prescription drugs will never keep anyone healthy.
    Here’s to your health, America.


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