Enhancing Sport Performance with Nitrate Supplements
Athletes may be able to increase their athletic performance by taking nitrate supplements. Nitrate is commonly found in diets rich in leafy green foods and is important for the functioning of the human body, especially during exercise.
In a recent study in Frontiers in Physiology, researchers gave 27 participants nitrate supplements before sprint interval training (SIT), which took the form of short but intense cycling sessions performed three times per week. The muscle fiber composition changed with the enhanced nitrate intake when training in low oxygen conditions after only five weeks. The Athletic Performance Center at the University of Leuven Dr. Peter Hespel writes, “This is probably the first study to demonstrate that a simple nutritional supplementation strategy, i.e. oral nitrate intake, can impact on training-induced changes in muscle fiber composition.” I add two scoops of Standard Process Complete to my morning shake. It includes buckwheat leaf, Brussel sprouts, kale, and alfalfa plant.
Frontiers in Physiology, July 2016