Ergogenic effects of dietary nitrate

Jean (Desire Oscar Asante) Nyakayiru

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal

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Intake of dietary nitrate, such as beetroot juice, has received a lot of attention the past few years because of possible performance-enhancing effects for athletes. This thesis describes various factors important to gain this effect. It shows nitrate-rich vegetables (such as beetroot and spinach) are the most effective sources of nitrate. Research among athletes also shows that high intensity athletes such as football players could benefit from dietary nitrate intake, whereas endurance athletes such as cyclists would not. The thesis concludes that nitrate stored in muscle tissue and could play an important part in providing beneficial effects in sports performance.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Loon, Lucas, Supervisor
  • Verdijk, Lex, Co-Supervisor
Award date13 Feb 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463234788
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Nitrate
  • Dietary supplement
  • beetroot juice
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Football
  • Muscle

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