Researching the effects of beetroot

Research Title: Effect of concentrated beetroot juice on the responses to extremity cooling and endothelial function in cold-sensitive individuals

Department: Department of Sport and Exercise Science

The Extreme Environments Laboratory, Department of Sport and Exercise Science is looking for volunteers to participate in a research study looking at the effect of beetroot on skin blood vessel function and the responses of the hands and feet to mild cooling.

We are seeking healthy males and females aged between 18 and 59 years who are non-smokers and regularly exposed to cold conditions through windsurfing, surfing or open water swimming etc. throughout the year.

The study involves three visits to the lab which will last between 1½ and 2½ hours. On two of the visits you will be asked to drink two shots of beetroot juice or placebo. The testing involves a brief immersion of the hand and foot into 15°C water and a very small amount of vasoactive drug put on your skin to see how your skin blood vessels respond.

We are testing between 9 and 19 January inclusive as well as some days in February which have yet to be confirmed.

If you are interested and would like more information please contact us:

Clare Eglin clare.eglin@port.ac.uk (023 9284 5299)

Joe Costello joe.costello@port.ac.uk (023 9284 5366)

Ant Shepherd ant.shepherd@port.ac.uk (023 9284 5289)

Volunteers must be:

  • Age: 18-59 years
  • Gender: Either
  • Staff/Student: Both

More Information:

  • Dates: 09/01/2017 to 19/01/2017
  • Duration: Three visits to the lab which will last between 1½ and 2½ hours
  • Location: The Extreme Environments Laboratory, Department of Sport and Exercise Science

If you would like more information, contact Clare Eglin at clare.eglin@port.ac.uk

This testing has been reviewed by the Science Faculty ethics committee and been given the following ethics code: SFEC 2016-107

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