Here at Lorna Jane we’re always striving to be Fitter, Faster, Stronger. So when boosting endurance and athletic performance might be as simple as adding in a nutritious glass of beet juice into our prep – we’re all ears.
Now, with research around its impact on endurance and athletic performance mounting, the buzz around beets is more than a passing fad.
So, how does it work?
Beetroot is naturally high in nitrates which when consumed in the form of beetroot juice, increases the level of nitric oxide in our body. This assists in increasing gas exchange and blood flow.
Supporting improved lung function and strengthening muscle contractions (which helps improves muscle function), nitric oxide in our system facilitates oxygen supply to our muscles more effectively and for a longer period.
Basically, beet juice helps supply your working muscles with fresh oxygen and blood supplies while you workout to keep them ‘fed’ and functioning. This enables us to work toward improved cardiorespiratory fitness. Hello increased endurance and performance!
So far, the most positive results have come from testing athletes competing in aerobic and high intensity exercise such as; running, cycling, swimming and triathlons.
Beetroot is already considered a superfood and we’re already beet fans thanks to their nutrient profile and benefits – which include:
- Assisting in managing blood pressure (thanks to those nitrates)
- High in fibre which makes you feel fuller for longer and support digestive health
- Anti inflammation properties (due to pigment betalain and detoxification properties)
- Anti cancer properties (due to high antioxidant content)
While we love adding our beets into our diet, studies are showing that increased aerobic performance is more closely linked to consuming beet juice.
Everyone is different so dosages will depend on each individual. We recommend speaking with your health professional to discuss what would work best for you. This goes for amount, frequency and how far out from a big event you should start drinking beet juice for maximum benefit.
Generally speaking, having a dose approximately 90 minutes before exercise will be sufficient time for it to start releasing nitrate levels in your system. But, adding into your training and nutrition plan leading up to your event should help you achieve best results.
You can always do both, but just be careful not to overdo the beet love. Eating too much can cause digestive and gastrointestinal upset.
Like anything, there are no quick fixes. It all comes down to your diet, exercise, training and overall wellness. But, if you’re looking to try a new juice and see if shaves a few seconds off your PB, give the good ol’ beet a try!
Have you tried beet juice to boost your endurance?