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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2021, Vol. 8, Issue 3, Part D

Effect of beetroot juice supplementation on sports and physical exercise: A systematic review


Author(s): Jils Varghese

Abstract: The increased utilization of natural and organic products/energy boosters has evoked interests in athletes and layman in advancing health and improving performance. Among these products, beetroot juice (BRJ) has been widely used by athletes to enhance sports performances. BRJ contains high nitrate concentrations, which can be converted into nitric oxide (NO) after consumption. Various studies have indicated that beetroot juice can improve performance and increase muscular activity. As beetroot is a significant source of NO, it has various effects on the human body, including a vasodilatory effect, which reduces blood pressure and increases oxygen- and nutrient delivery to various organs. These effects suggest that BRJ may have a relevant role in the prevention and treatment of multiple ailments. Besides, the intake of BRJ also has a significant function in oxygen transport to skeletal muscles, muscle efficiency, tolerance, and endurance and may thus impart a positive impact on sports performances. Foods rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals might recover skeletal muscle damage; therefore, the present study aims at reviewing the efficacy of BRJ to serve as an adjuvant in athletic performance. Several studies emphasize that BRJ may provide satisfactory performance enhancement, and studies on its action are somewhat limited. However, more data is needed to substantiate the mechanisms of action and proper intake patterns to maximize the performance benefits of BRJ.

Pages: 212-216  |  110 Views  21 Downloads

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How to cite this article:
Jils Varghese. Effect of beetroot juice supplementation on sports and physical exercise: A systematic review. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2021;8(3):212-216.
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