Beetroot Juice May Improve Post-Workout Recovery
A recent study suggests that drinking beetroot juice after working out may help reduce muscle pain and improve recovery. However, the same study also found that drinking beetroot juice is not associated with improved real-world performance.
Participants in the study included 20 university team sports players who were given either 250 mg of beetroot juice or a placebo twice daily for three days after a sprint test to determine baseline levels. They were given a second sprint test 72 hours later.
The researchers measured countermovement jumps and strength as well as blood tests. They found that the beetroot group had countermovement jump heights that were 7.6% higher than the placebo group 72 hours after the sprint test. They also found that the beetroot juice group had higher reactive strength index than the placebo group.
The researchers had initially theorized that the antioxidants in beetroot juice would reduce muscle damage by protecting against oxidative stress. However, they did not find any evidence that the beetroot juice reduced oxidative stress.
Researchers from Northumbria University, Maastricht University, Ulster University, Newcastle University, and Northwest University conducted the study. It was published on August 18, 2016, in the journal Nutrients.
Beetroot juice is packed with nutrients such as folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B complex, amino acids and calcium. It has been associated in previous studies with lowering blood pressure, improving digestive health, boosting stamina and combating liver problems.