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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!