ENHANCES NEUROMUSCULAR EFFICIENCY
In 2016 Flanagan et al. investigated a beetroot extract-based supplement and its effect on neuromuscular function. The 14 resistance-trained men drank either the nitrate-rich supplement or placebo for three days and then completed a heavy resistance exercise.
THE RESULTS FOR NITRATE-RICH SUPPLEMENT:
Lower initial muscle firing rates at rest
Lower average and maximum firing rates over the period of heavy resistance exercise
THE RESULTS FOR NITRATE-POOR SUPPLEMENTATION:
Increased average and maximum muscle firing rates by the end
Increased oxygen consumption more frequently
The researchers concluded that a nitrate-rich beetroot extract-based supplement might enhance neuromuscular efficiency during heavy resistance exercise.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Resistance exercise, such as lifting heavy weights, is metabolically taxing, especially compared to cardio exercises. It is important to improve neuromuscular efficiency so that the nervous system can optimally recruit muscles during strenuous exercise.
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