Drinking This Type Of Juice Might Just Lengthen Your Workouts
But you'll probably need to keep a stain stick on you at all times.
A new study from the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology suggests that people who drink beet juice regularly can boost their exercise endurance.
Beet juice (aka "beetroot juice") contains high levels of inorganic nitrates, which "enhance oxygen delivery to the muscles and reduce the work of the heart," according to a press release — so you can exercise longer without fatigue.
The researchers had 14 healthy male subjects — yes, a rather small sample size — drink beet juice for 15 days, during which they took measurements pertaining to blood pressure and heart function. They found that, while the subjects were doing a progressive cycling exercise and while at rest, their blood pressure was lowered and their heart required less oxygen.
While this study may have been small, it still points to the potential of this earthy jewel of a vegetable. Why not try it out for yourself? Plug in your Beats, drink some beets, and take it to the streets. Or, you know, the gym. Wherever it is you work out.