Move over beet juice
by on Thursday, July 9, 2015  (4 comments)

I'm sure we've all heard about beet juice as a performance enhancing supplement. Well, we may now have a more tasty (in my opinion) alternative.

Watermelon juice appears to have similar benefits:

The increase in time-to-exhaustion in a test that lasted about 10 minutes was 12 percent, which might correspond to a time-trial improvement of a bit less than 1 percent. There are many, many unanswered questions, such as whether trained athletes would get similar benefits.



I'm left wondering a few things that I suspect future studies will answer:

1) Is this real? Will future studies corroborate this result?

2) How does the benefit compare to beet juice?

3) Will taking both increase the benefit of taking either separately?

Obviously, more research is needed in this area and I'm sure it will be coming. The initial results, though, seem very interesting.

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cesar

I personally have never taken beet juice. But I am skeptical about its performance enhancing.

Ryan, How often do you drink fruit juices?

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Ryan

I've never taken beet juice but the benefits are pretty well documented. The only question at this point seems to be whether the benefits carry over to well trained athletes.

I don't drink fruit juices. I don't think anyone would want to drink them in the volumes needed to produce beneficial effects as found in these studies. However, this is where beet juice concentrates come into play. Based on this research, if it can be corroborated, I wonder if watermelon juice concentrates might be on the way.

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cesar

I much prefer Watermelon juice rather than Beet juice.

Do you think that juices made with water and the fruit on a blender are a good idea?

I decided to ditch the soda for good, but I would like to have alternatives instead of just plain water. I was thinking about smoothies with milk and a fruit on a blender.

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Ryan

I think homemade smoothies are good. The problem with commercially made juices is that a lot of the good stuff from the raw foods gets stripped out and you're left with little more than sugar water. If you make it yourself, you're probably just chopping things up but leaving everything in (that's how I do it at least).

Just be careful. Smoothies tend to fill me up more rapidly than a normal drink but it's still easy to pack away the calories without feeling as full as if you were to eat your fruits whole.

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