Dietary Nitrates: The Role of Beetroot in Exercise Performance
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2010, 2110, 3100, 4060
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.2.4, 8.3.6, 10.4.1
CPE Level 2
CDR Activity Type 740
This continuing education course reviews the health benefits of dietary nitrates such as beetroot, the common dosages of beetroot supplementation, and its potential effectiveness on exercise performance.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Discuss the role dietary nitrates can have on exercise performance.
- Name five foods rich in dietary nitrates and accurately assess their approximate nitrate content per ½-cup serving.
- State three physiological changes known to occur following dietary nitrate supplementation in humans and explain how each respective change enhances exercise performance.
- Estimate appropriate dietary nitrate content necessary to improve exercise performance as well as predict what types of exercise will be most likely influenced by these corresponding nitrate dosages.
- Contrast the potential effects dietary nitrate supplementation has on exercise performance in moderately/recreationally trained vs elite-trained athletes.
Aaron Carbuhn, MS/MS, RD, CSSD, SCCC, is a full-time sports dietitian for Kansas Athletics. He is also a PhD student in exercise physiology at the University of Kansas department of health, sport and exercise sciences, researching the effects of dietary and supplementation strategies on exercise and sport performance.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. He has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR