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Beetroot juice can boost stamina

20th May 2010

Scientists from the University of Exeter’s School of Sport and Health Sciences have found that beetroot juice boosts stamina by making muscles more fuel-efficient.

The study focused on men aged 19-38 cycling on exercise bikes. Drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day for a week enabled them to cycle 16% longer before getting tired out. The new research showed beetroot juice doubled the amount of nitrate in the blood of volunteers, and reduced the rate at which muscles used their main source of energy.

 

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