Beet Juice: The Legal Performance Enhancer

Beetroot Juice

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’re aware that we believe in juicing and all of its health benefits. Of course, we’re not alone in this belief. But recently juicing has come into the news for its ability to increase athletic performance.

Professional athletes, including four-time Paralympic gold medalist David Weir, have publicly praised the benefits of juicing. Weir’s juice of choice? Beetroot. A recent study found that half a liter of beetroot juice (that’s approximately 16 fluid ounces) can significantly improve stamina and athletic performance when drank before exercise. And although pro athletes are catching on to the idea of using beetroot juice in this capacity, there’s no reason why you can’t make use of it to also see fitness gains.

The secret behind beetroot juice lies in its rich profile of nutrients. Potassium, antioxidants and folic acid all add to its health kick. But the main reason that beetroot juice increases your athletic performance is its nitrate content. When consumed and broken down by the body, nitrates cause blood vessels to widen and increase blood flow. Simultaneously, these same nitrates cause muscles to operate more efficiently and require less oxygen. The result? Better athletic performance.

Even if you don’t juice beetroots to help you meet your competitive exercise goals, you can still use juicing as a great way to replenish nutrients used up in the process of exercise. So whether you juice up before the big race or after your weekly workout, juice often!