Lot of the athletes are using energy drinks and caffeine as an incentive for pre-match.
A study led by the University of Exeter announced that beet juice can bring the most benefit when it comes to enhancing athletic endurance.
This vegetable except that results with strengthening athletic performance, it also helps to boost the overall health.
Beet juice and cyclists
A study, which was performed in 2011 of group of cyclists proved that beet improves the endurance for 16 percent. Respondents were cat riders. On one half of the cyclists were given half a liter of beetroot juice, half an hour before the race, and on the other group were given red beet juice without nitrates. The results showed that cyclists after ingesting juice with nitrates rode much more faster than the riders who drank red juice without nitrates.
Nitrates are beneficial for athletes because it quickly transport oxygen to the muscles, in fact they make arduous efforts – easier. Nitrates can be found in other vegetables, such as lettuce, celery, parsley and cabbage.
Athletes are not the only ones who benefit from nitrates. Older people and those with lung disease, heart and metabolic diseases can also benefit from the increased supply of oxygen in the body. Scientists found that nitrates reduce the low blood pressure, by expanding the blood vessels.
Beet juice is also useful for hydration of athletes. Maintenance of electrolytes it is a challenge, especially when the athletes are competing in hot weather. Beet juice, which is rich in potassium may help to regulate the amount of fluids and electrolyte balance. Juice from beet also acts anti-inflammatory because it contains betaine. This can help to reduce the risk in athletes of chronic inflammation. Beet is also high in vitamin C, A, B1, B2 and B6.
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