Beet It Pro Elite Shot review

More and more cyclists are taking nitrate in a bid to boost performance. Beet It shots aim to provide a concentrated and reliable source of nitrate.

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A compact, convenient and reliable source of nitrate. Owing to the acquired taste, we suggest buying a single shot and trying it before committing to a whole box.

Reasons to buy
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    A reliable and convenient source of nitrate

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    Small size, easily consumed

Reasons to avoid
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    Acquired taste

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There are an increasing number of peer reviewed publications in respectable journals that describe the beneficial effects of nitrate supplementation. For those unfamiliar, nitrates are believed to increase the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, meaning you can perform at a higher intensity for longer, which is ideal for endurance athletes. One study by Professor Andrew Jones at Exeter University looked at the effect of nitrate on time trial performance. Over a 10 mile time trial, it was found that nitrate improved power output by 2.7% compared to the placebo conditions. In a world of marginal gains, that is significant. It has been reported that beetroot juice is a staple at the Team Sky breakfast table and part of the nutrition plans of many other top athletes.

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