What I know for sure is that it is not going to give you the wings you don’t have already…
Bloody beetroots have been shown to increase endurance in multiple studies. So it’s no wonder that the world of OCR has been swept by a whole wave of beet-based products in recent years. Several top OCR athletes take their nitric oxide-rich supplements religiously. Should you give them a go as well?
I’ve tried concentrated beetroot juice shots, beetroot bars and tablets, etc. The results have always been questionable, so I didn’t expect much from Beetelite either. Actually, I was worried about any effect it might have on my performance given I live the fat-adapted (LCHF) lifestyle and Beetelite powder is carb-rich.
Ryan Atkins, serial OCR champion, takes 2 doses of Beetelite before each race: 1 dose hours earlier and 1 just before the start. His performance is outstanding to say the least, but is it Beetelite that’s giving him an edge over competitors?
Let’s look at what Beetelite is made of…
Zero fat (bummer), 8g of carb, traces of brotein.
And what stands out the most and gives probably the biggest kick is the Beetelite electrolyte and salt content:
- Traces of magnesium – 20mg
- Moderate amount of potassium – 320mg
- Moderate amount of sodium – 130mg
Then you have malic acid for sour taste, stevia for sweetener and an undisclosed amount of beetroot powder for nitric oxide.
Alongside traces of nitric oxide, these contents would technically prevent dehydration and help the body persevere in the tough race conditions.
However, you’d get a similar effect from just having a banana (potassium), an electrolyte tab or any other beetroot supplement or even your grandma’s beetroot salad…
So if it’s not for the ingredients, why is there so much hype about Beetelite?
Because it’s so convenient to consume.
Beetelite substitutes the DIY combo of common supplements you’re probably already taking. It comes in a single sachet, which you can bring anywhere, and dissolves in water instantly.
Here’s a few other N.B.’s I noticed after taking Beetelite (both for races and intense training sessions):
- The electrolyte-heavy contents kept me going for longer. No thirst means less physical and mental exertion – you can push yourself further. Studies show that fatigue in endurance sports is directly linked to the athletes’ perception of effort exerted. Even minuscule discomfort such as dry mouth can derail a mind that’s otherwise fully capable of finishing a race.
- The heavy carb load spiked my blood glucose levels. Given I’m in a ketogenic/fat-adapted state this came as a nice if short-lived boost.
- If you’re not a fan of beetroot’s earthy and salty-sweet aftertaste, you’ll hate the majority of beetroot-based products on the market. Beetelite do offer a cherry-flavoured option, which tastes much better than the regular beetroot version. The added flavour might just be the real reason behind high carb content?
Is this supplement the dynamite you’ve been looking for? – I don’t know.
What I know for sure is that it won’t give you wings you don’t already have. Rather I would treat this as insurance in the race – every small thing you do on the day can quickly add up to give that little bit of edge you need to perform to your best ability. Who knows, maybe in the next race that small improvement is exactly what you’ll need to reach the podium.
P.S. Here’s an idea… How about a beetroot supplement, which is low in sugar, rich in fatty acids (MCTs) as a more sustainable fuel source? Plus available worldwide… ? Now that would be dynamite!