Beetroot juice

Free webinar – Rocket (and Beetroot) Science: Dietary Nitrate and Exercise Performance

The webinar was presented by Professor Andrew Jones on Thursday 17th November 2016. It is part of a series of webinars brought to you in conjunction with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). BASES members can earn two CPD credits upon watching the presentation.

We are delighted to announce Rocket (and Beetroot) Science: Dietary Nitrate and Exercise Performance is now available for full playback on our website.

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The webinar provided an insight into the effect of dietary nitrates on muscle efficiency and exercise performance. There is also emerging evidence to suggest that beetroot juice may reduce resting blood pressure, which has implications for cardiovascular health.

“Since our discovery that beetroot juice has several important physiological effects, we’ve been interested in finding out in which populations and sporting events it may be most effective.”

—Professor Andrew Jones

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Learning outcomes

The aim of this webinar is to provide an insight into the influence of dietary nitrate on exercise performance, and the potential for cardiovascular health benefits. It will provide academics, students, health professionals, nutritionists and anyone with an interest of diet and nutrition with an understanding of the benefits of beetroot juice supplementation on endurance exercise performance.

This webinar enables attendees to:

  • Identify sources of dietary nitrate in our own diets (and shopping baskets)
  • Explain how dietary nitrate may influence exercise performance
  • Understand the effects of dietary nitrate according to exercise duration, intensity and mode
  • Recognise the potential beneficial effects of beetroot juice supplementation on cardiovascular function

About the presenter

Andre JonesProfessor Andrew Jones is Associate Dean at the University of Exeter, and formerly Head of Sport and Health Sciences.

Recent work has focused on the role of dietary nitrate in enhancing nitric oxide production and in modulating blood pressure, blood flow, and muscle performance.

Current projects examine the effects of dietary nitrate supplementation on cardiovascular health, muscle energetics and exercise tolerance. The main research interests of his laboratory include endurance training, fatigue, efficiency, the physiological determinants of performance and the limitations to muscle oxygen uptake following the onset of exercise.

Andrew recently appeared on Channels 4’s Food Unwrapped where he tested presenter Kate Quilton’s stamina. Kate managed a 4% increase in her performance, which is consistent with what he’s found in some other studies using similar exercises.

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