What makes beetroot supplements so special for high-intensity athletes?
Beetroot is packed full of nitrate, which our body turns into nitric oxide. NO is a known vasodilator. It improves endurance and performance and is a natural whole food. Nitric oxide does a lot of things in the body, but in terms of exercise and performance it is involved in increasing blood flow to the muscles, which makes it easier for your power generators, known as mitochondria, to produce energy.
There have been quite a few studies done investigating the effects of beetroot on performance and endurance. Most of these studies have involved the use of cyclists. One study using trained cyclists had them consume 500mL of beetroot juice, which equated to 6.2mmols of nitrate 2.5 hours before exercise. They then proceeded to do two time trials – a 4km and a 16km ride. In the 4km time trials there was a 2.8% improvement and on the 16kkm time trial there was a 2.7% improvement in time.
Beetroot supplements help reduce resting systolic blood pressure during high-intensity exercise. Beetroot powder is an easy, convenient way to get the nitrates you need without the sugar content of juice. You may poop red or pee red after taking a beet root supplement, it’s natural.
With natural nitrates, beetroot powder offers athletes a healthy way to improve their endurance training and boost performance in competitions.