22 February 2019

Beetroot juice is better for footballers than for cyclists

Nitrate, which is found in beetroot juice, for example, has a positive effect on the performance of trained athletes who primarily require short bursts of energy, such as footballers. For endurance athletes, such as cyclists, nitrate appears to have very little to no effect. This is shown in research conducted at Maastricht University and Maastricht UMC+ under the supervision of Dr Lex Verdijk and Prof. Luc van Loon. Jean Nyakayiru was recently awarded his PhD on the basis of this research.