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Nitrate Ingestion: Implications for Performance and Training

Mahoney, Liam; Wiper, Maxwell; Comfort, Paul MSc, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 22–25
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31824eda1e
Article

SUMMARY: INCREASING BLOOD FLOW TO WORKING MUSCLES, THROUGH INCREASED VASODILATATION, HAS THE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE WORK CAPACITY DURING BOTH AEROBIC AND ANAEROBIC PERFORMANCES AND POSSIBLY ENHANCE RECOVERY THROUGH INCREASED NUTRIENT DELIVERY. BECAUSE OF THESE POTENTIAL BENEFITS, L-ARGININE SUPPLEMENTS HAVE BECOME EXTREMELY POPULAR OVER THE PAST DECADE BASED ON THEIR POTENTIAL NITRIC OXIDE–STIMULATING ABILITY, ALTHOUGH THE RESEARCH DOES NOT APPEAR TO SUPPORT THE INGESTION OF L-ARGININE TO INCREASE VASODILATATION. IN CONTRAST, CONSUMPTION OF FOODS HIGH IN NITRATE CONCENTRATION, SUCH AS BEETROOT JUICE, HAS BEEN SHOWN TO INCREASE PLASMA NITRATES, PREFERENTIALLY ALTERING HEMODYNAMICS AND POSSIBLY ENHANCING ACUTE EXERCISE PERFORMANCE.

The Directorate of Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy, University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom

Liam Mahoney is a final year undergraduate sports science student at the University of Salford.

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Maxwell Wiper is a final year undergraduate sports science student at the University of Salford.

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Paul Comfort is the program leader for Masters in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford.

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