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'Beeting' high altitude symptoms with beet juice

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avatar 'Beeting' high altitude symptoms with beet juice
October 12, 2015 03:40PM
One sign of successful acclimatization to altitude is that the blood vessels are able to deliver enough oxygen throughout the body. But normal blood vessel function depends on the body's ability to naturally produce a compound called nitric oxide. Drinking nitrate-rich beet juice helps improve blood vessel function at altitude by giving the body alternative building blocks to make nitric oxide.

avatar Re: 'Beeting' high altitude symptoms with beet juice
October 15, 2015 12:40AM
(from the article)
To test if beet juice could make the blood vessels relax again, the test subjects were investigated after drinking two types of beet juice with a 24-hour break between tests.

One of the juices contained high amounts of nitrate while the other type had no nitrate in it (placebo).

If we're going to drink beet juice, we'd better figure out where to get the kind with nitrate instead of the kind without.
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