Regular consumption of beet juice may boost
athletic performance, increasing endurance
while lowering blood pressure and reducing
fatigue, according to a study conducted
by researchers from the University of Exeter
and published in the Journal of Applied
On two separate
occasions, the researchers had the same
group of eight men between the ages of 19
and 38 drink 500 milliliters of an unknown
beverage for six consecutive days, then
perform a series of standardized tests on
an exercise bicycle. On one occasion, the
beverage was 500 milliliters of organic
beetroot juice; on the other, it was a placebo
of blackcurrant cordial.
found that men who drank the beetroot juice
were able to cycle for 16 percent longer
(92 seconds) than those who drank the placebo.
This, in turn, would allow a cyclist to
cover a set distance 2 percent faster. Participants
also had a lower resting blood pressure
after drinking beetroot juice than they
did after drinking the placebo.