If you want to give your workout an extra boost, you might want to add a drop of peppermint oil to your daily diet.
A new study, published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, shows that peppermint is an effective way to boost athletic performance.
Study volunteers (12 healthy young males) drank a bottle of mineral water containing 0.05’ml peppermint essential oil for ten days. A treadmill test showed that it had a positive impact on their performance.
“The results of the experiment support the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil on the exercise performance, gas analysis, spirometry parameters, blood pressure, and respiratory rate in the young male students,” the study’s authors wrote.
In other words, peppermint oil could make you a better runner, boost your breathing during a workout and improve your blood pressure and heart rate.
Would you use peppermint oil to boost your performance?
-Katharine Watts, associate web editor