Interested is having longer, less tiring workouts, being able to hike further, and generally have more stamina? Drink beet juice. Researchers at the University of Exeter in England studied 8 men aged 19 to 38 years old. They gave each 17 ounces of organic beet juice every day for 6 consecutive days and ran the men through a series of endurance tests. They used a placebo of black currant juice and repeated the same tests.
They found those patients drinking beet juice were able to exercise 16 percent longer than those taking the placebo. Researchers theorize that the nitrate in beet juice leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake ? making exercise less tiring.
So have some beets, then go out for a jog. For more information on this research, go to: The BBC News .
Article published on September 9, 2009.