Study: Beetroot Juice Supplementation Improves Performance
Beetroot Juice Supplementation Improves High-Intensity Intermittent Type Exercise Performance in Trained Soccer Players
As if we needed more proof that beets are a nutritional powerhouse and contain properties that boost performance. Along comes, another recent study published by MDPI in their Nutrients journal, outlining results of the positive impacts and functional benefit of dietary nitrate supplementation on exercise performance.
Below is an exert from the discussion, with a link to the full report at the end.
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The current study demonstrates that six days of nitrate-rich beetroot juice supplementation improves high-intensity intermittent type exercise performance in trained soccer players. The improvements in intermittent type exercise performance were accompanied by a lower mean heart rate during the high-intensity intermittent running test, and were preceded by increases in both plasma and saliva nitrate and nitrite concentrations.
Nitrate related research in the past years has primarily focused on establishing the effects of nitrate supplementation on endurance type exercise performance. While improvements in exercise capacity and exercise performance have indeed been observed in endurance athletes, recent literature suggests possible performance benefits of nitrate ingestion in more high-intensity and intermittent type sports and activities.
Extending on previous observations in recreationally active team-sport players, the present study specifically assessed the effects of a multiday supplementation protocol with nitrate-rich beetroot juice on high-intensity intermittent type exercise performance in a large sample of trained soccer players.
In addition to changes in nitrate and nitrite concentrations, the six-day BR supplementation protocol also resulted in quantifiable improvements in high-intensity intermittent running performance in the soccer players.
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