Nitrate Supplementation Research
Nitrate supplementation research for rugby players
The product team at Ruck Science has been researching the effects of exogenous nitrate supplementation protocols since early 2014. In that time, we've determined that nitrate powders in particular, represent a huge opportunity for amateur and professional rugby players alike. A series of studies have been conducted over the past 18 months which have validated our belief, that nitrate supplements can have significant athletic performance benefits. Even more recently, nitrate supplementation research has found that athletes and rugby players in particular can improve athletic performance and decision-making through the use of nitrate-rich juices and powders.
So can nitrate supplementation enhance rugby performance? The research suggests that it can.
Having experienced the athletic and cognitive benefits of nitrate supplements from beets, Ruck Science signed a partnership agreement with Neogenis Labs of Austin, TX to provide their flagship products BeetElite and SuperBeets to rugby players across the US and the world. Below, you'll find links and references to detailed nitrate supplementation research focusing on all the benefits of nitrates and beets in particular. If you have comments or questions about this research, please contact our product team.
Our findings suggest that acute nitrate supplementation prior to exercise at 3500m does not reduce oxygen cost but may reduce blood lactate accumulation at lower intensity workloads.
Acute NO3-supplementation can enhance maximal muscle power in trained athletes. These findings may particularly benefit power-sports athletes who perform brief explosive actions.
These findings suggest that dietary NO3 (-) enhances repeated sprint performance and may attenuate the decline in cognitive function (and specifically reaction time) that may occur during prolonged intermittent exercise.
The results of the present study suggest that the individual aerobic fitness level affects the ergogenic benefits induced by dietary nitrate supplementation. The optimal nitrate loading regimen required to elevate plasma [NO2] and to enhance performance in elite athletes is different from that of low-fit subjects.
BEETS & BEET JUICE
BR might be ergogenic during repeated bouts of short-duration maximal-intensity exercise interspersed with short recovery periods, but not necessarily during longer duration intervals or when a longer recovery duration is applied. These findings suggest that BR might have implications for performance enhancement during some types of intermittent exercise. Acute Dietary Nitrate Supplementation Increases Maximal Cycling Power in Athlete.
Overall, the available data suggest exercise endurance can be augmented by redox-active supplements, either reduced thiol donors or dietary nitrates. These findings have clear implications for athletes seeking a competitive edge.
A single dose of BR lowered V˙O2 during submaximal exercise and enhanced TT performance of trained cyclists in normobaric hypoxia. Consequently, ingestion of BR may be a practical and effective ergogenic aid for endurance exercise at altitude.
Rugby players take note: drinking high nitrate beetroot juice improves both sprint performance and decision-making during prolonged intermittent exercise such as rugby and football, according to scientists from the University of Exeter.
Australian Rugby Union - Sports Supplements Policy
- ARU Policy: May be used in support of a nutrition program.
- Permission for Players required?: No.
- Rationale for Policy: Shown to benefit performance, when used according to a specific protocol.
Drinking high nitrate beetroot juice could improve both sprint performance and decision-making during prolonged intermittent exercise such as rugby and football, and could help players at the Rugby World Cup, say researchers.