Increasing vegetable intake to obtain the health promoting and ergogenic effects of dietary nitrate

Cindy M. T. Van der Avoort, Luc J. C. Van Loon, Maria T. E. Hopman, Lex B. Verdijk*

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Abstract

Increased consumption of dietary nitrate increases plasma nitrate and nitrite concentrations, and has been shown to elicit cardio-protective effects and improve exercise performance. Nitrate consumption in the habitual diet is mainly dependent on nitrate-rich vegetables, such as green leafy and root vegetables, with total vegetable consumption accounting for approximately 50-85% of our daily nitrate intake. Whereas 'supplementation' with dietary nitrate in research studies has mainly been accomplished through the use of (concentrated) nitrate-rich beetroot juice, dietary strategies focusing on increased intake of nitrate-rich vegetables may represent a similarly effective alternative for increasing dietary nitrate intake and, as such, obtaining the associated cardiovascular health and ergogenic benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1485-1489
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume72
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

Keywords

  • TIME-TRIAL PERFORMANCE
  • BLOOD-PRESSURE
  • BEETROOT JUICE
  • NITRIC-OXIDE
  • INORGANIC NITRATE
  • EXERCISE PERFORMANCE
  • ARTERIAL STIFFNESS
  • INTENSITY EXERCISE
  • OXYGEN-CONSUMPTION
  • SUPPLEMENTATION

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