Beetroot Juice & Dietary Nitrates - RD150

Beetroot Juice & Dietary Nitrates

by Ellen Coleman, RD, MA, MPH, CSSD
(4.2 / 34 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


A diet rich in vegetables has well documented cardiovascular benefits. It has been proposed that these health effects may be partly due to the high nitrate content of vegetables. While nitrate is found in all vegetables, it is particularly abundant in beetroot and leafy greens. Dietary nitrate lowers blood pressure, thereby helping to protect the heart. Recent research suggests that dietary nitrate supplementation also reduces the oxygen cost of exercise and enhances athletic performance. The blood pressure and performance benefits are likely mediated through the metabolic conversion of dietary nitrate (NO3) to nitric oxide (NO).

This continuing education activity will provide a comprehensive review of recent research findings on the health benefits of beetroot juice as well as cover sources of dietary nitrates, recommendations for dietary intake and concerns about nitrate supplementation.


After completing this continuing professional education activity, learners should be better able to:
  1. Interpret how dietary nitrate increases nitric oxide production
  2. Assess how dietary nitrate reduces blood pressure
  3. Evaluate how dietary nitrate enhances exercise performance
  4. Compare three good sources of dietary nitrates
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for nutrition professionals. is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2000, 2020, 2110, 4000, 4040, 4060, 5160 is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This course is approved for continuing education clock hours by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

Course Originally Released on: 2/1/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/19/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2015

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Deborah S - Amesbury, MA  ·  Jan 12, 2015
Interesting review of some studies investigating the benefit of beet juice on performance.
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Sheila W - North Liberty, IA  ·  Jan 05, 2015
Using Beet juice as a source of natural dietary nitrate may increase peripheral blood flow in areas of tissue hypoxia by increasing nitric oxide production.
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Janelle G - Lancaster, PA  ·  Jul 31, 2014
This course provided a detailed report on the health and performance benefits of beetroot.
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CARYLL S D - PLEASANT GAP, PA  ·  Jun 10, 2014
Took for granted that participant had a kinesiolgy background. Too difficult to apply practically. What should the RD tell their patients about beet juice??
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Mary Jo C - Stillwater, MN  ·  May 13, 2014
Not so wordy. This is basic stuff. Keep it simple. Presenting in such a stuffy fashion keeps it from being even remotely practical
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