How Peppermint Effects Your Ability To Perform Exercise

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How Peppermint Effects Your Ability To Perform Exercise

For centuries, peppermint has been used for its analgesic (pain relief), anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic (muscle tension), antioxidant and vasoconstriction properties…

More recently, scientists and athletes alike have wondered if it aids sporting performance…

So to help illuminate the never ending path of performance optimisation… 12 healthy male students consumed one 500 ml bottle of mineral water, containing 0.05 ml peppermint essential oil every day, for ten days.

Each participant (all male with an average age of 25) had a:

-gas analysis (breathing composition)
-peak flow tests and other spirometry parameters
-blood pressure and…
-respiratory rate measured
The results show that the addition of peppermint oil positively affected exercise through its ability to:

-Relax the smooth muscle in the bronchioles
-Increase breathing rate
-Improve oxygen delivery to the brain
-Reduces blood lactate levels

To see the original article visit the International Society of Sports Nutrition and type in ‘The Effects Of Peppermint On Exercise Performance’.

Remember… one study doesn't mean its set in stone, but it’s nice to have an idea of where things are, and where they might go!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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