If you are a regular reader of my articles and reviews you’ll know that I’ve done some work with Beet-It who are playing a giant role in the quest to get nitric oxide levels in our blood rising. So when I was approached to do some further testing it was a bit of a no brainer. The idea was for me to test at what point and concentration my blood nitric oxide levels will rise to the target amounts required to have the best effect on my performance. Of course they have already done these tests in labs and on other people but this was specific to me…
I was provided with a stock of both Beet-It sports shots and bars and some Berkeley test strips to check the levels of nitric oxide in my blood and then I went to work testing it out. I approached this looking to answer a few questions: what time is optimal for me to take either product before the start of an event, which product between the shot or the bar actually works better, how long my levels remained in the target zones and of course what my levels were like before using one of their products.
To answer the last question first, what were my blood nitric oxide levels like without using a Beet-It product, well low, in fact they were depleted…? Not a great start! I obviously don’t eat enough foods which naturally increase these levels. Spinach, beetroot, celery, and lots of other vegetables are the main sources. Sadly eating a lot of salad including the above hasn’t had an effect. Good job there are products like Beet-It out there.
Which product worked better for me, the bars or the shots? In every test the results were substantially better with the shots. While the results were ok with the sports bars the levels do not increase as well as the concentrated liquid form. So if you are just looking to increase your blood nitric oxide levels then the shots are the way. Looking for fuel too? Then consider the bars.
What was the best time before my target event? A few people commented on what the best time would be for the average person to take a shot of beetroot juice and most was between 2-3 hours. For me it was bang on the 2 hour mark almost every time. As mentioned above the results weren’t as good with the bar but with both products my levels peaked at 2 hours. I therefore know that the best time to down a shot would be 2 hours before an event.
How long did my levels remain at the target level? For me it was about 4 hours every time. Again the results were better with the shots but in both cases my levels started dropping after the 4 hour mark. What this shows is that I can complete a 2 hour race with my blood nitric oxide levels at the optimum amounts.
What they do say and I can back this up from my own research is that are better off stacking your products. Have one before bed the night before your event (or within 12 hours) and one prior to starting (for me the 2 hour window before applies). This gives the best results in terms of nitric oxide levels in the blood.
So from my own testing with Beet-It products I can say that it works for me. I have the evidence to back the fact that the products increase the levels of nitric oxide in the blood. Whether this is the reason I went faster in racing is difficult to tell, it could be placebo, but the research certainly backs it currently. Either way the cost is minimal for the gains given even if it is a placebo. Plus on another upside I’m actually getting used to the taste too!