Beetroot Juice Supplement for Increased Endurance for Certain Heart Patients
Certain heart failure patients may benefit from a beetroot juice supplement. New research showed that those with reduced ejection fraction who took the supplement saw significant increases in how long they could exercise as well as peak power and peak oxygen uptake during exercise.
What is Reduced Ejection of the Heart Muscle?
Reduced ejection fraction means that the heart muscle doesn’t contract effectively and doesn’t provide sufficient oxygen-rich blood to the body. Tens of millions of people have heart failure, and about half of them have reduced ejection fraction.
No negative side effects were seen from the beetroot supplement.
“Beetroot Juice Supplements May Help Certain Heart Failure Patients,” Indiana University, 2/22/18
“Dietary Nitrate Increases VO2peak and Performance but Does Not Alter Ventilation or Efficiency in Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction” by A.R. Coggan et al., Journal of Cardiac Failure, 2/18