Science In Sport has introduced a new range of nitrate fortified supplements that they claim are designed to “use less oxygen during exercise.”
Indeed, according to Science In Sport’s Dr. James Morton, its new nitrate supplements were developed in order to help athletes “improve their performance by reducing the oxygen cost of exercise, enabling them to go faster for longer.” Moreover, Morton suggests, “chronic loading can further enhance performance compared to just pre-race strategies. Athletes need to take quite a bit for the loading to be effective with upwards of 1000mg nitrate per day for 3-7 days prior to a competition.”
The new range consists of the Performance Nitrate Gel that’s intended to be used during exercise, which contains 20g of carbohydrate and 250mg of nitrate that’s available in apple, blood orange or strawberry flavor.
For before and during workouts, Science In Sport offers its Performance Nitrate Bar that includes 30g of carbohydrates and 250mg nitrate per bar, which can be purchased individually or as a box of six in apple or strawberry flavor.
For loading up on nitrates days in advance of an event, there’s the Performance Nitrate Shot and the soon to be released Performance Nitrate Powder, which provide 500mg nitrates in a 60ml shot, sourced from Rhubarb Juice Concentrate and Amaranthus Leaf Extract and 48g of carbohydrate and 500mg of nitrate per serving respectively.
The Shot is available in apple and strawberry, while the powder will be offered in grapefruit or cherry cola flavor.
Morton adds, “ingested nitrates are reduced to nitrite and nitric oxide on the tongue, in the stomach, within circulation and in the muscle. As nitric oxide is important in several processes that may support or enhance exercise performance, it is perhaps this nitrate-to-nitrite-to-nitric oxide journey that is crucial when considering the performance enhancing capacity of nitrate supplementation. Following intake, blood nitrate concentration peaks after 1-2 hours and blood nitrite peaks after 2-3 hours. The body stores of nitrate and nitrite may also be increased through dietary intake.”
“Short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic) nitrate supplementation strategies may enhance performance, with chronic strategies perhaps providing greater benefit. In addition, emerging evidence may provide rationale for nitrate ingestion during exercise.”
“Using a combination of chronic loading, an acute dose and intra-session intake, plasma nitrate was significantly elevated after 90 minutes and plasma nitrite was significantly elevated after 120 minutes of riding when compared to chronic and acute dosing only. This elevated plasma nitrate and nitrite attenuated the rise in oxygen uptake from 30-120 minutes compared to placebo, resulting in a reduced oxygen cost of exercise for those using nitrates during exercise.”
You can learn more about the new range of nitrate fortified supplements by visiting Science In Sport’s website here.
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