Thursday, 10 September 2020 13:17

Research shows concentrated beetroot juice boosts muscle power relevant to trail runners

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Press Release: New independent research from Spain strongly supports the notion that drinking two concentrated beetroot juice shots before training, can significantly enhance muscle power for trail runners.

In a random, double-blind placebo-controlled test, 18 physically active males (average age 23) consumed just two 7cl Beet It Sport Nitrate 400 (nitrate-rich beetroot) shots, or placebo (nitrate-depleted) shots, 2.5 hours before training. Testing sessions comprised of four sets of eight maximal half-squat repetitions, with muscle power tested during concentric and eccentric muscle contractions. 

Beet It Sport ambassador Joshua Barrow  Credit: Joshua Barrow; Instagram @lureofthewildBeet It Sport ambassador Joshua Barrow Credit: Joshua Barrow

Results showed that compared to placebo shots, those who consumed Beet It improved their muscle power production by a staggering 15-25%. Such findings are highly relevant to trail runners, who require muscle power to run economically at a lower perceived effort and to explosively drive their legs from the ground when tackling hills.

Beet It Sport concentrated beetroot shot 7cl 002Jonathan Cartwright, Beet It Sport specialist, commented: “These results are very exciting! - trail runners would typically train for 6-7 weeks to achieve a 25-30% improvement in muscle power output, so it is remarkable that a similar improvement can be achieved from drinking just two of our little Nitrate 400 shots 2.5hrs before training – they say you can’t buy more power, but you can now!”

Beet It Sport shots are used by leading research teams worldwide investigating the performance benefits of using beetroot juice as a natural source of nitrate supplementation. This is because they deliver a consistent standard dose of 400mg naturally derived nitrate and because Beet It can also supply a nitrate depleted “placebo” to enable high quality double blind research to be achieved.

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