New independent research from Spain supports the notion that drinking two concentrated beetroot juice shots before training, can enhance muscle power for strength and power-based sports.
In a random, double-blind placebo-controlled test, 18 physically active males (average age 23) consumed two 7cl Beet It Sport Nitrate 400 (concentrated beetroot) shots, or placebo shots, 2.5 hours before training.
Testing sessions comprised of four sets of eight maximal half-squat repetitions, with muscle power tested during concentric and eccentric muscle contractions.
Those who consumed two Beet It shots, compared to the nitrate depleted placebo shots, saw a notable 15-25% improvement in muscle power production during the squat exercise.
Beet It notes that these findings are ‘highly relevant to cycling sprint finishes and breakaways, sprinting and evasion in rugby and football, explosive repetitions in Olympic weight-lifting and general strength workouts for gym goers.’
Jonathan Cartwright, Beet It Sport specialist, said “On average it takes 6-7 weeks to achieve a 25-30% improvement in muscle power output, so it is remarkable that a similar improvement can be achieved from drinking just two of our little Nitrate 400 shots 2.5hrs before training – they say you can’t buy more power, but you can now!”
Beet It Sport shots are used by leading research teams worldwide investigating the performance benefits of using beetroot juice as a natural source of nitrate supplementation. The shot drinks deliver a standard dose of 400mg naturally derived nitrate and because Beet It can also supply a nitrate depleted placebo to enable double blind research to be achieved.