LAS VEGAS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In a world where athletes seem to be “juiced ” too often, the secret to that coveted competitive edge may be as easy as a cup of actual juice. Recent research suggests that, depending on your needs, adding some beet root juice or tart cherry juice can have a positive effect on your workout.
In a presentation at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 23rd Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Las Vegas, Dr. Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, FACSM, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University, presented research about the effects of these juices, vitamin supplementation and pre- and post-workout hydration regimens for both athletes and regular gym-goers alike.
“People are always looking for things that might make them a better athlete or give them a better workout. They still need to know that it’s important to eat well and exercise, but these additions can also make a difference,” said Volpe.
Beet root juice increases nitric oxide, which expands blood vessels and allows for more blood flow through the body – an important element of exercise. While only studied in competitive cyclists thus far, beet root juice has been successful in increasing the cyclist’s time to exhaustion. Dr. Volpe suggests that beet root juice could be beneficial for people with cardiovascular disease, although research on beet root juice and cardiovascular disease has not been conducted yet.
While sometimes hard to adjust initially, due to its bitter taste, tart cherry juice is a newer addition to the sports nutrition realm. It has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory response and can be advantageous for people suffering from arthritis, said Dr. Volpe.
“If someone’s activity is limited because of arthritis or other inflammatory issues, but they can feel even a little bit better by consuming some tart cherry juice, it might encourage them to be more active,” she said. “It can still help with exercise performance even if the person is not exercising at an elite level.”
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