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Patients with COPD disease find it to breathe comfortably and tend to become sedentary or show gradual decline in the physical function or fitness activities because they face the prospect of experiencing shortness of breath with exertion when climbing steps or stairways and hiking uphill trails. On many an occasion, such physical tasks leave them gasping and over panting. Such scary happenings put a damper on their future physical activities. Reason: fear.
It was the first study - 2010 ever undertaken by Wake Forest researchers who showed the link between consumption of nitrate-rich beet juice and increased blood flow to the brain. Patients who drank beetroot juice long before exercise were able to exercise longer time, and had reduced exercise diastolic and resting systolic blood pressures.It is a good news for COPD patients.
The study involved 15 COPD patients, who were subjected to gradual to rigorous exercise regimen and pulmonary function tests and lung volume tests on a few visits, as predetermined. The aim of these exercise tests was to exhaust the patient in a four to ten minutes time span. Roughly one and half hours before exercise, some were given beetroot juice, while others Prune juice - a sort of placebo drink which does not have nitrates. The exercise tests were designed to exhaust the patient in a four to ten minutes period.
The positive results that emerged will motivate COPD patients to continue to be physically active and improve their health.
So, COPD patients need not worry about climbing steps or hiking hilly terrains and consequent exhaustion and gasping. With a glass of beetroot juice, you can it do it with less fatigue and panting.
Michael J. Berry, Nicholas W. Justus, Jordan I. Hauser, Ashlee H. Case, Christine C. Helms, Swati Basu, Zachary Rogers, Marc T. Lewis, Gary D. Miller. Dietary nitrate supplementation improves exercise performance and decreases blood pressure in COPD patients. Nitric Oxide, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.niox.2014.10.007