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    Ergo-log just posted a cool little study demonstrating some pretty significant performance enhancement benefits from inhaling the essential oils of either citrus sinensis (orange tree) or mentha spicate (spearmint) before exercising. Go take a look.

    The participants in the study ended up running a 1500m distance 12-15% faster than without the essential oil boost. That's one heck of a boost.

    Although the researchers don't know exactly how this works, the suspicion is that volatile compounds in the oils enhance lung function (as determined by forced expiratory volume). Given the design of the study - no controls, small number of participants - the reliability of the results is still open to question, as is unfortunately the case with most research of this nature (there's not much money in it!).

    However the use of smelling salts and aromatic compounds in sports from fighting and boxing to powerlifting has a pretty decent historical record of efficacy. So there's a good case for believing this may work whether it's doing so directly by enhancing lung function, or indirectly by arousing consciousness and/or adrenaline.

    And although this was only tested in a cardiovascular activity, if it works the way the researchers reckon, the chances are it would also be pretty effective for weightlifters hoping to push out a few more reps or a new max and against acute lactic acid build-up.


    Here's a link to the full (free) paper itself:

    http://jissn.biomedcentral.com/artic...970-016-0146-7
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    Interesting study again CFC, wonder how long before they ban it here in NZ...
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    Better stock up on oranges quickly lol
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    Sounds potentially harmful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotEvenHigh! View Post
    Sounds potentially harmful.
    How so? I mean no more than other drugs.
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    Finally read the full paper, looks promising:


    Essential oils can cleanse cellular receptor sites of medications, petrochemicals and other disruptors of intercellular communication and can chelate heavy metals and other toxins, helping to remove and flush them through the kidneys, lungs, sweat, colon and liver. In fact, they increase the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins..

    Mentha spicata L.(Spearmint) belongs to the family Lamiaceae and characterized by its leaves essential oil that is of great economic importance and being used widely in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries..
    This oil is used for its antispasmodic, local anesthetic, astringent, carminative, decongestant, digestive, diuretic and expectorant effects...


    Our findings support the effectiveness of M. spicata and C. sinensis essential oils on the exercise performance and respiratory function parameters.


    Worth some research, when I get the time:

    The major constituents of M. spicata leaves essential oil are carvone, limonene, dihydrocarvone, 1,8-cineol, β-bourbonene, β-caryophyllene, myrcene and α-pinene and aromatherapists.
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    Probably not the kind of experiment that could be run double blind? As such, some of the gain 12-15% gain could be placebo. Still interesting, though.
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    I think they could use artificial mint and orange fragrance vs essential oil. If done a few days apart, I doubt they would tell the difference between them. But yeah, undoubtedly placebo plays a role. In endurance runners, they found placebo 'oxygenated water' could boost performance in 84% of runners, and in some by as much as 8%.
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