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Athletes who down beet juice before exercising to increase blood flow and improve performance may be surprised at the results of a recent study. While beetroot juice rich in nitrates did not enhance muscle blood flow or vascular dilation during exercise, researchers found that it did ‘de-stiffen’ blood vessels under resting conditions, potentially easing the workload of the heart.

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    This is a very interesting study. I wonder if one should just supplement with a nitric oxide supplement to get the same if not improved outcome. Now how much nitric oxide should I take on daily basis?

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      I’ve studies where nitric oxide supplementation is not as beneficial as nitrates from vegetables, particularly in athletes.