Monday, October 10, 2016

Could Leafy Greens Help with your Sports Performance?

Researchers from the University of Leuven in Belgium experimented with the consumption of nitrate supplements to determine whether nitrate, commonly found in green leafy foods, could enhance sport performance. The experiment included 27 semi-trained participants who consumed nitrate supplements before Sprint Interval Training, which took place in various oxygen conditions. The researchers did find a potential link between nitrate supplementation and enhanced performances in low oxygen conditions, due to a change in muscle fiber composition. However, increased ingestion of nitrate cannot yet be recommended or condoned, as the effects of long-term nitrate intake are not yet clearly known.

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