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Can Peppermint Help Improve Athletic Performance?

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  • Besides being useful in the kitchen to make tea, add to salads and flavor other foods, peppermint has been found to have numerous uses for physical maladies, from nausea to mental fatigue, dry skin to respiratory problems
  • Several trials were conducted to see if peppermint could improve the performance of athletes, who subsequently reported decreased fatigue, more drive and enhanced performance overall
  • It is possible to overdose on peppermint oil, as a study in India concluded, due to compounds in it that can be toxic
  • As an essential oil or in aromatherapy, peppermint oil is extremely beneficial; in fact, a single drop can have a dramatic effect on performance, in part due to increased respiratory efficiency

By Dr. Mercola

Peppermint has a cool, distinctive essence that brings to mind a sparkling drift of snow or a green meadow in the spring. It's been used for centuries, all over the world, to make tea and flavor dishes of all kinds, from salads and chocolate to coffee and roasted meats.


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