Spearmint oil, a [something that does something], is a key ingredient in our new Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel. But how does this powerful ingredient work to propel your body to peak athletic performance? Read on to find out!
A Potent Analgesic
The analgesic properties of spearmint oil have been traditionally been used to calm gastrointestinal issues, but it can also relieve pain via topical application. Its ability to reduce muscle contractions is a major reason why it's so commonly used for digestive issues, but of interest here is that studies have proven this even when spearmint oil is applied topically. This suggests that it can be effective at soothing muscle cramps caused by exercise, possibly from its chemical constituent carvone, a terpenoid with relaxant properties.
In addition, spearmint oil applied topically has been potent in treating localized pain, even in cases of osteoarthritis. There are a number of constituents that may be involved in this process: limonene, 1,8-cineole, and β-Myrcene all have anti-inflammatory properties, while the latter is also a natural analgesic. It also contains menthol, a renowned analgesic found in high concentration in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel.
Rich in Antioxidants
Spearmint oil has a high antioxidant content, containing significant amounts of antioxidant compounds like flavonoids. It's particularly high in rosmarinic acid, limonene, menthol, and even Vitamin C. Antioxidants can reduce oxidative stress, the imbalance of antioxidants and harmful free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress is indicated in many dangerous conditions, but most relevant here is its potential involvement in inflammatory diseases. An inflammatory disorder can cause chronic pain and fatigue, as well as joint damage, impeding your ability to stay active as well as your athletic capabilities and basic mobility.
Effective Antimicrobial Properties
Spearmint oil has been shown to have effective antibacterial properties. Athletes know about the potential for bacterial infection from many different sources: skin-to-skin contact in competitive sports, locker rooms, shared athletic equipment, even towels. The antimicrobial properties of spearmint may help to protect the skin from harmful bacteria that commonly cause infection for athletes.