Beetroot makes you faster
ating beetroot boosts athletic performance, research has suggested, by helping runners finish faster. Scientists have discovered athletes who eat baked beetroot before a race run put in a faster time. The deep pink root vegetable contains high levels of nitrates, which have been shown to boost exercise performance.
Researchers at St Louis University in America found athletes were able to run five km faster after eating beetroot than after eating cranberries. It follows other studies that have shown beetroot juice can increase stamina and make muscles more efficient. Beetroot widens blood vessels, which reduces blood pressure and allows more blood flow to the muscles.