Are you looking for that extra edge, to shave seconds off your next race time? Forget seconds, peppermint oil could help you smash minutes and more off your time!
This is one real food hack that you need to use. We’ve used it over the past 2 years, it’s our little secret all-natural performance enhancer!
Peppermint and mint have been shown to act as a painkiller, and have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antioxidant effects. These effects are useful for performance, exercise recovery, and health.
You don’t need truckloads, just a sniff has been shown to reduce perceived effort while improving mood and brainpower.
In a recent scientific study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, researchers looked at the effect of peppermint oil on running performance. In the study, they used 0.05ml of peppermint oil in a drink, consumed each day for ten consecutive days. Participants were tested before and after consumption of the drink for various indicators of cardiovascular performance.
You might expect a boost, but the extent that peppermint consumption improved performance was considerable.
“results strongly support the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil on exercise performance, respiratory function… and heart rate”
The oil improved exercise performance, respiratory function, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory gas exchange. It also reduced resting blood pressure and heart rate. The amount of total work performed by the test subjects was increased by a whopping 51%, including an increase in the time to exhaustion of about 25%. So not only did the subjects go for a quarter longer than they did without the peppermint oil, their work rate per unit time was higher too. In other words, they went faster for longer.
Specifically, the study suggested that the likely explanation of the effect of peppermint oil was ‘relaxation of bronchial smooth muscles, increase in the ventilation and brain oxygen concentration, and decrease in the blood lactate level’. That’s some incredible impact from a couple of small drops of oil!
We’ve used mint to help our running and recovery for a long time now. The At One cacao mint bar contains 0.024g of pure organic peppermint oil, so 2 bars a day and you’re performance could be shooting through the roof 😉 Check it out here.