The Beetroot Study

The effects of supplementation with nitrate-rich beetroot juice on performance and cardiovascular health of younger and older adults.

Researchers Introduction

With increasing rates of disease and age-related dysfunction, there is a growing interest in the use of
food-based supplements to help improve or maintain one’s health and body functions. This has led to
the interest in beetroot juice (which contains nitrate) as a health food, as it has the potential to improve cognition, mood and cardiovascular function.

For my Honours project I found that beetroot juice reduced blood pressure and improved cognitive performance in younger and older adults; however, further research is required to support this. The aims of this study are to examine the effects of a single dose and prolonged intake of nitrate supplementation, of beetroot juice, on cognition, mood and cardiovascular responses in younger (18-30 years) and older adults (50-70 years).

Inclusion Criteria

You are invited to participate if you are:

•    between the ages 18-30y or 50-75y
•    able to cycle for 20 min
•    not an advanced/elite athletes (someone who trains more than four times per week constantly for their sport and competes at a high level)
•    not on blood pressure medication

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