Dietary Nitrates Boost Muscle Power in Heart Failure Patients

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Dietary Nitrates Boost Muscle Power in Heart Failure Patients
Dietary Nitrates Boost Muscle Power in Heart Failure Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Beetroot juice, with its high concentration of nitrates, may help boost muscle strength among heart failure patients, according to a study published recently in Circulation: Heart Failure.

Based on studies of elite athletes, especially cyclists who use beetroot juice to boost performance, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis tested the benefits of dietary nitrate consumption among nine people with heart failure. The patients were given concentrated beetroot juice.

Two hours later, the participants showed a 13 percent increase in knee extensor power. The researchers also found the greatest benefit when the muscles performed fast, powerful actions. Longer tests measuring muscle fatigue, however, showed no performance improvement.

"It's a small study, but we see robust changes in muscle power about two hours after patients drink the beet juice," study author Linda R. Peterson, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "A lot of the activities of daily living are power-based: getting out of a chair, lifting groceries, climbing stairs. And they have a major impact on quality of life. We want to help make people more powerful because power is such an important predictor of how well people do, whether they have heart failure, cancer, or other conditions. In general, physically more powerful people live longer."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


More in Home

Hormonal Contraception May Raise Depression Risk

Hormonal Contraception May Raise Depression Risk

Study also ties hormonal patches, IUDs to greater antidepressant use, especially in teens

Dose-Dependent Link Between Cannabis Use, Psychosis Relapse

Dose-Dependent Link Between Cannabis Use, Psychosis Relapse

But researchers note effect is small, and the research isn't definitive

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to Mortality, Morbidity

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to Mortality, Morbidity

Increased SBP variability tied to mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, end-stage renal disease

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »