If you are into fitness this may spike your interestâ€¦Â Beet-it Sport!!!
Now this stuff has been around for a few years and is becoming the go to sports supplement. Whyâ€¦?
The Science bit
The natural nitates in beetroot convert to nitrites with a little help from the salivary glands and enter the blood stream. The nitrites then convert to Nitric Oxide. This;
â€¢Opens blood vessels
â€¢Increases blood flow
â€¢Oxygenates the muscles
â€¢Boosts stamina and speeds reaction time
â€¢Reduces lactic acid build up
The Pro-elite shot contains c400mg of natural nitrate which is the same as drinking 500ml of theÂ beetroot juiceÂ (approx 6 beetroots). Whilst the flapjack contains c200mg of nitrate.
I have been trialling these products but not on the same level. I have been using them to help with my asthma, Raynaudâ€™sÂ and lupus.
If you haveÂ asthma,Â Raynaudâ€™sÂ orÂ lupusÂ you might have a similar or worse experience as myself. When Iâ€™m in a Lupus flare my chest is tight regardless what I take and even on a level surface I can have an asthma attack. My body is weak and wobbly and has a terrible ache like lactic acid burn after a hardcore workout but without the workout!Â On a normal day my chest is okâ€¦ until the gradient changes! Iâ€™m ok on gentle sloaps but if my HR reaches 180 thatâ€™s it, its asthma time!
WhenÂ I use the shots and bars I can get my HR to 186 before my chest tightens and the steam train noise sets in. I realise this alone is not impressive but my legs last longer and as long as Iv had adequate nitrates Iâ€™m not as sore in the morning (dependant on activity). This is huge for me!! As for almost two years now Iv been in agony after something as gentle as yoga- I kid you not! There is research now going on into the use of Beetroot nitrates and the effect on Raynaudâ€™s. Lets hope this is beneficial and that it leads on to more research for asthma and autoimmune diseases in general.
Im very keen to hear from anyone with asthma, Lupus or any chronic illness! Do you use these products or have you found something else that helps? Please get in touch through ourÂ FacebookÂ page.
ByÂ Joanna HubbleÂ – Lupus on Wheels