Over the last several years' researchers have found that beetroot juice improved performance with untrained athletes, however, results were mixed for higher level athletes. New research shows well-trained cyclists find a 5-watt power increase during a 10k effort.
These mixed results were no surprise to us here at Beetroot Pro®. Researchers were simply not providing enough of a build-up period for full effect. We have always suggested a 3-4 day build-up and double the dose.
The study tested two possibilities: first, that elite athletes may simply need a higher and more prolonged dose of beet juice before racing; and second, that the effects of beet juice may be more pronounced at high altitudes where there’s less oxygen—an idea supported by a few previous studies.
Additionally, researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark tested beetroots' effect with a higher dosage, from one serving/daily to two servings/daily.
HOW SHOULD YOU TAKE BEETROOT PRO®?
DAILY:TAKE ONE SERVING (2 SCOOPS)
BEFORE RACE DAY: TWO DAYS BEFORE YOUR EVENT, TAKE ONE SERVING IN THE MORNING AND ONE SERVING IN THE EVENING. REPEAT AGAIN ONE DAY BEFORE. TAKE ONE MORE SERVING 1-2 HOURS BEFORE RACING.
What made the difference for increased watts? The researchers speculate that this may be a result of the nitric oxide improving the circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the working muscles.
There's New Data on the Beet Juice Boost, Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, Feb 1, 2019