Peppermint oil has always been popular in the kitchen and for the treatment of digestive issues. But, besides being useful in the kitchen, this amazing oil is also effective in improving the exercise performance. This natural substance is beneficial for an athlete or a sportsperson because it acts as a:

  • Painkiller
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-spasmodic

These properties of peppermint oil are attributed to the presence of 2 active compounds in it, which include:

  • Menthol
  • Menthone

Such properties of peppermint oil are useful for a good performance, overall health and exercise recovery.

An excellent study found that treatment with the oral peppermint oil extract helped in reducing lower leg pain post an exercise. It helps the muscles to calm down and can further relieve muscle soreness. It increases relaxation of muscles and decreased fatigue too.

Peppermint oil reduces the production of pro-inflammatory compounds and hence, the overall inflammation associated with pain and muscle spasm. Therefore, peppermint oil can help athletes cope up with stress related to exercise.

Research studies have further found that intake of peppermint oil by athletes before exercise or a sports performance improved blood pressure, respiratory function, heart rate, respiratory gas exchange and exercise performance.

Moreover, peppermint oil enhances overall energy, boosts exercise intensity and keeps tiredness at bay. Besides this, a very interesting study found that athletes who inhaled peppermint oil had more energy levels and less exhaustion.

An active brain and mental  wellness is important for a successful sports performance. Peppermint oil intake stimulates different areas of the brain that are responsible for alertness. This in turn improves focus and hand-and-eye co-ordination during an exercise. Consuming peppermint oil before an athletic performance can give better results and success because an athlete is able to concentrate better on his overall performance.

By adding a drop or two of peppermint oil to your regular diet, you can give your exercise performance an extra boost. (1, 2)


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