Beet Juice, the Secret to Improved Athletic Performance

Beet juice, the secret to improved athletic performanceThere are several ways through which you can obtain better athletic results, but there are also some relatively unknown things you can try and be amazed by how your performance improves. For example, how many of you know about beet root’s performance benefits?
Nowadays, a lot of athletes and active adults are trying to find out as much as possible about nutrient-dense foods, since it is well known that they can improve athletic performance. One of the most interesting facts is that beets have proven to have a significant impact on the body’s functions during a fitness session. As a side note, beetroot juice is considered one of the most popular ergogenic supplements. But still, what makes it a real nutritional powerhouse?

It’s all about the nutrients

Beetroot has multiple uses, mainly as a food source, but it’s also used medicinally, while its popularity as an ergogenic supplement is constantly growing. It can be found in several shapes and colors, but the red one is by far the most common.

As for its ‘technical analysis’, it’s an amazing source of potent antioxidants, not to mention its increase nitrate levels. But how is this helpful for your fitness sessions? Studies indicate that vegetables with high levels of nitrate can help you in your attempt to achieve top athletic performances, being a chemical naturally occurring in certain foods and converted into nitric oxide when consumed.

Therefore, it’s obvious that consuming beet juice regularly will increase the nitric oxide levels in your body. According to researchers, this automatically increases blood flow and has other benefits, like improving lung functions and strengthening muscle contraction. All these, combined, result in improved cardiorespiratory endurance and performance, performance benefits essential for athletes.

Skyrocketing cardiorespiratory fitness

One of the most important aspects both athletes and overall active adults care about is cardiorespiratory fitness. Specifically, we’re talking a component of physical fitness, which refers to the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to provide oxygen to working muscles, during intense fitness sessions.

So, where does beetroot juice come in? The nitric oxide it contains helps this process, actually increasing cardiorespiratory performance and improving muscle function. And this is not all, since it also opens up your blood vessels, increasing the flow and offering more oxygen to all your working muscles.

Finally, let’s not forget that nitric oxide functions as a signaling molecule, which communicates with cells and tissues, ensuring more blood flow to your muscles, as well as proper oxygen intake inside the muscle.

When is beetroot juice not helpful?

Even though it looks like a wonder-vegetable, there are situations in which beetroot and the juice made from it aren’t that helpful.

A lot of studies have shown that the juice itself can significantly improve athletic performance, but most of the research took place under normal environmental conditions. If you tend to work out in high altitude, you are – even though you’re not aware of this – placing additional demands on your body.

Increased nitrate levels in the blood after consuming beet juice are common for regular training environments, but a change in elevation has an effect on how it affects the body. The idea is simple: the oxygen is decreased as a response to a reduction in oxygen pressure at a higher elevation.

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