If you’re drinking beet juice to enhance your athletic performance, you may not be getting the best results possible. The pathway from dietary nitrate to nitric oxide is both fragile and circuitous. But there are ways to ensure that you’re getting the most from your Red Rush.
Here are some tips:
Preparing Your Body:
- Do not use mouthwash or antacids for twelve hours prior to drinking beet juice.
- Anything that kills your beneficial bacteria in your gut or in your mouth will disrupt your nitric oxide production: antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, some types of sugar-free gum (if they are alcohol-based).
- Soda, alcohol, inactivity and fatty foods can cause long-term damage to the veins, diminishing your body’s ability to produce endothelial nitric oxide.
- Foods like greens with high antioxidant profiles ensure that nitric oxide production isn’t hampered by free radicals.
- Eat fiber regularly.
- Staying active is a must.
Beet Juice, When, How Much and How Long
- Take two hours prior to exercise.
- You’ll see peak performance for 2-4 hours, but your nitric oxide levels will still be elevated for about twelve hours.
- According to the research, you only need to take one bottle of Red Rush per workout session or event. We’d love to sell you more, but realistically, once you have more than 600 mg of dietary nitrate, you’ll begin to see diminishing returns according to the the available research.
- Your body is able to store some nitrate for about three weeks, although it won’t persist in the body forever.
- You can drink Red Rush on rest days to keep your stored nitric oxide levels up. But you’ll probably be fine with a half bottle or RediBeets.
- There are no known side effects to beet juice.
Supplements That Can Aid or Enhance Nitric Oxide Production
- Cocoa (their flavanols increase the bioavailability of nitric oxide).
- Vitamin D
- Oral Probiotics (are a thing now)
- Greens with high antioxidant profiles