The natural flora on our tongue (lingual bacteria) are essential for the athletic performance-enhancing effect of the nitrates in vegetables such as beetroot.
Nota del Doctor
If you’re asking yourself, “What beet-related boost in athletic performance?” you may have missed the first video in this series, Doping With Beet Juice. And if the whole “nitrate to nitrite double pass” is a mystery to you, then check out Priming the Proton Pump. If you’re thinking, “Wait a second, aren’t nitrites the preservatives in cured meats that cause cancer?” then you’re way ahead of me—stay tuned to the 14 following videos in this series!