Sun, 09 Aug 2009 17:03:42 GMT
Drinking the juice of beetroot, known for its controversial anti-carcinogenic properties, can boost stamina and help individuals exercise for longer times.
Previous studies had reported that beetroot juice is effective in lowering blood pressure. The juice was also believed to have cleansing properties and therefore was used to clear liver and splenic obstructions.
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, beetroot juice can improve exercise capacity by 16 percent. The effect is reported to be greater than that achieved through regular training.
The high nitrate content of the vegetable reduces the oxygen used in the body, making exercise less tiring and thereby increasing endurance.
Scientists are optimistic that their findings will help improve endurance in athletes and tackle poor fitness in individuals suffering from cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases, enabling them to lead normal lives.