Enhancing athletic performance is a great desire among the athletes, coaches and researchers. Mint is one of the most famous natural herbs used for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant, and vasoconstrictor effects. Peppermint has recently become very popular and it is thought to have a number of health benefits for variety of ailments.
The oil has been used as an herbal pain relief and is a common ingredient in products aimed at athletes to soothe sore muscles.
Safety and Side Effects of Peppermint
Not suitable for children under 18, pregnant or breastfeeding women. Only use under medical or dietetic supervision.
The effects of peppermint in sports performance;
To our knowledge, this is the first study that explored the effect of oral supplementation with peppermint essential oil on the exercise performance. Our results strongly support the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil on the exercise performance, respiratory function variables, systolic blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory gas exchange parameters. Differences in duration of study and oral supplementation instead of inhalation of peppermint aroma could be the important characteristics of this study compare to the previous researches. Further investigations are required to unravel the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of peppermint on the exercise performance and respiratory parameters.
|Meamarbashi, A., & Rajabi, A. (2013). The effects of peppermint on exercise performance. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 10, 15. http://doi.org/10.1186/1550-2783-10-15