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Nitrates (beetjuice!) enhance exercise tolerance

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by Cort, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

    The chemistry of this is way beyond me but if ME/CFS patients have problems with aerobic metabolism (O2 consumption) and the nitrates in beet juice reduce the need for O2 consumption during exercise then I wonder if there's something in there for us?

    They are talking about mitochondrial respiration and muscle contractile energetics. Maybe someone else can lend a hand with nitrates, oxygen consumption, the mitochondria and muscle activity.

    J Appl Physiol. 2009 Aug 6. [Epub ahead of print]
    Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of low-intensity exercise and enhances tolerance to high-intensity exercise in humans.

    High levels of plasma nitrite for apparently good. Systolic blood pressure was reduced, time to exhaustion was increased: they could apparently do more with less by drinking beet juice.

    Here are the authors

    BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT At the recent Reno conference Suarez from Spain found.......guess what INCREASED NITRATES in ME/CFS patients

    God knows what's going on....

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