Beatroot Juice

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09/05/2012 at 14:47
dean richardson 7 wrote (see)

regards long term side effects,   this is a drink that some of the non running general public drink...so i think it will be ok.

I asked Sarah, the Asics dietitian, about taking it regularly, thinking that if it boosted training this would boost race times but she said that at the moment they couldn't advise this was the correct thing to do.   Someone else commented that they had spoken to a toxicologist who is also a runner and he said from an athletic point of view he could see the benefits but from a professional point of view he would question the long term effects of nitrate in the system, which maybe linked to stomach cancer. 

Anyway, who knows! It certainly seems to have benefits in races.

09/05/2012 at 15:01

thanks Minni, interesting view regards effects on long term nitrate.  Will look at the label to see if any form of warning exists regards over consumption...but like you say its too early to say.   Glad its boosting performance, hope it has a similar approach for me

09/05/2012 at 22:38
Minni wrote (see)
dean richardson 7 wrote (see)

regards long term side effects,   this is a drink that some of the non running general public drink...so i think it will be ok.

I asked Sarah, the Asics dietitian, about taking it regularly, thinking that if it boosted training this would boost race times but she said that at the moment they couldn't advise this was the correct thing to do.   Someone else commented that they had spoken to a toxicologist who is also a runner and he said from an athletic point of view he could see the benefits but from a professional point of view he would question the long term effects of nitrate in the system, which maybe linked to stomach cancer. 

Anyway, who knows! It certainly seems to have benefits in races.

My take on it (and by coincidence I'm also Sarah, a dietitian ) is that more research is needed. 

The current understanding of the role of nitric oxide in cancer development is unclear - it seems to depend on the source of the nitric oxide, so exogenous sources such as from beetroot juice may/may not have the same effect as endogenous sources such as those produced within the gut itself. 

Using beetroot juice as a temporary ergogenic aid in the lead-up and on the day of a race may be safe, but using it every day... well, at the moment I wouldn't. Both because of potential health risks, because of the cost and because whilst I do like beetroot, I don't want it every day!

10/05/2012 at 08:26

Thanks for that Sarah.  Its all very interesting. 

I have tried 3 'beet juice ' approaches. 

  1. I juiced my own before a HM.  I took 250ml per day for 4 days.
  2. I bought organic beet juice before a 10k and took 140lm for 4 days.
  3. I took beet shorts before the marathon and took one for 4 days.

I much preferred the one I juiced myself with nothing else added.  I found the shots to be quite strong and tasted least like the stuff I'd done myself.  These must be quite concentrated.  I had some tummy issues in the latter part of the marathon and wondered if the beet shots had been partly to blame. 

For my next event I'm going to juice it myself again and see if there's any difference.

10/05/2012 at 09:05

I had a taste at the GMM recently and found the concentrated shots quite palatable. So I read a couple of the papers not expecting to be persuaded but now feel fairly positive to it for a few days leading up to an event. I agree with both Sarahs IMHO one wouldn't need it during training - I don't mind having slight handicaps during training like a bit of extra weight in a rucksack - one trains to one's own VO2 max anyway. If endurance can be improved during an event by getting a bit more work per unit oxygen consumption then so much the better.

11/05/2012 at 08:05
Agree with the comments above, my experience is:
700ml (bottle of BeetIt) taken over 3 days (including 150ml 3hours before) before both a HM (PB by 9mins (1:22)) and a marathon (PB by 7mins and run as a training run (3:12)). Most striking feature of those two races was that I seemed able to maintain a high work rate for much longer than I could have believed. The HM was a real breakthrough performance. I had of course trained hard for it!

I think the stuff is revolting, have to hold my nose and fight the gag reflex every time I drink it however Im convinced it helps to the extent that I'm willing to torture myself with it before each race. Couldn't contemplate taking it as part of routine training though!

I also caffeine deplete the week before a race and then load up 3-5 hours before race start (I use about 50mg per 10kg body weight through cups of tea and pro-plus tablets - this also gives a boost but my pre race routine is getting a bit complicated!!!
23/11/2012 at 08:20

Know this board hasn't been commented on for a while but am interested in the effects of beetroot on running performance

Again I would agree with the above. I've taken the concentrated shots. Two before a marathon and one before a half marathon as well as one before a 10K. I managed to pb in them all. Taking over 10 minutes off my marathon pb. I am unsure whether I just trained differently or whether the beetroot did have an effect. But all races felt a lot easier than they did in the past. I usually load up on the beetroot juice by drinking it the few days before a race too. I just put it in a glass and pretend it is red wine!


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