Nitrate supplements help boost athletes' performance

Dietary nitrate supplements could be the difference between running first in a race or finishing outside the top 10, say scientists.

A team from the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology confirms that supplementation with dietary nitrates has a positive effect on athletic performance.

And it is also beneficial for endurance exercise capacity, they say. 

The researchers found a 0.8% improvement in time trial performance in athletes who used dietary nitrate supplementation, which sounds small but may be meaningful for athletes