Volunteers needed for study on red beetroot juice consumption, cardiovascular health

The Functional Foods & Human Health Laboratory in CSU’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is seeking volunteers to participate in a study investigating whether acute and chronic consumption of red beetroot juice can improve adverse cardiovascular and metabolic responses to eating a high-fat meal.

Beet Juice

Who can participate?
– Healthy men and postmenopausal women aged 40-65 years with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 40 kg/m2
– Exclusion criteria apply and will be evaluated through a phone and in-person screening

– Red beetroot juice supplementation
– Measures of blood sugar control, fat metabolism, blood pressure and cardiovascular function

What is involved?

Participants will be asked to consume four different supplements daily for one month (placebo, placebo + potassium nitrate, red beetroot juice and nitrate-free red beetroot juice), each separated by a one-month break, and consume a high-fat meal on laboratory testing days. Participants will complete initial screening tests, and qualified participants will undergo orientation to cardiovascular measurements, cardiovascular testing and provision of multiple blood, urine and saliva samples. All food and supplements will be provided.

Enrollment in this study is ongoing. The entire study will last approximately eight months, and involvement will consist of nine visits over this eight-month period. Participants will receive financial compensation of up to $300 for their time spent in the laboratory. The study will take place on the CSU campus in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, in the Medical Nutrition Laboratory, Room 139 of the Gifford Building.

For more information or if you want to join this study, please contact the Functional Foods & Human Health Laboratory:
Phone: 970.491.0464
Email: FunctionalFoodsLab@colostate.edu
Online: www.fshn.chhs.colostate.edu/research/FFHH

The principal investigator is Assistant Professor Sarah A. Johnson of CSU’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, who can be reached at sarah.johnson@colostate.edu or 970.491.3807.

The goals of the Functional Foods & Human Health Laboratory are to identify and critically examine functional foods, bioactive compounds, dietary supplements and other dietary interventions that can effectively prevent and/or improve both established and emerging risk factors for chronic diseases associated with aging such as cardiovascular disease in high-risk populations. The Functional Foods & Human Health Laboratory is located in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU.

This research study has been approved by CSU’s Institutional Review Board, Protocol # 16-6495HH.