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:
- Interpret how dietary nitrate increases nitric oxide production
- Assess how dietary nitrate reduces blood pressure
- Evaluate how dietary nitrate enhances exercise performance
- Compare three good sources of dietary nitrates
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