Beet it: To exercise longer, try beetroot juice ... "It reduces the energy requirements on your muscles so you can last longer."

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    Oct 03, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    " ... Some experts say adding beetroot juice to your diet - like other foods such as cherry juice or milk - could provide a performance boost even beyond the blood, sweat and tears of more training.

    In two studies conducted at Exeter University on 15 men, Stephen Bailey and colleagues found cyclists who drank a half-liter (about a half-quart) of beetroot juice several hours before setting off were able to ride up to 20 percent longer than those who drank a placebo blackcurrant juice.

    By examining the cyclists under a scanner that analyzes how much energy is needed for a muscle to contract, Bailey and colleagues discovered beetroot juice allows cyclists to exercise using less oxygen than normal.

    "The beetroot juice was effective even without any additional training," Bailey said. "It reduces the energy requirements on your muscles so you can last longer." ... "

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    Oct 03, 2010 5:02 AM GMT
    I'm interested in knowing what ingredients were in the placebo, and if they might have a latent negative effect on performance.
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    Oct 04, 2010 6:45 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'm interested in knowing what ingredients were in the placebo, and if they might have a latent negative effect on performance.


    My thoughts exactly. Not necessarily a controlled study.