One Herb Proven To Improve High Altitude Performance and Exercise

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High altitude training has been shown to improve fitness and performance at sea level. Athletes have been using high altitude training for decades to boost their performance because they know how effective this type of training is.

But, along with its beauty comes challenges that you would not otherwise face at sea level and they can be anything from headaches to extreme fatigue or even breathing difficulties. These are altitude sickness symptoms due to lack of oxygen in high altitudes. When you're at high altitude, the air has less oxygen in it than at sea level. That means your body needs to work harder to deliver oxygen to your tissues and cells.

Fortunately there’s good news – there’s this one herb that's proven to help with physical performance during exercise at high altitudes – that no one knows about.

Effects of Altitude on Performance

Many people visit high altitudes for numerous reasons. Travelers climb high altitudes for mountaineering, trekking, and skiing, or even for training purposes for sports performance in high altitude like the Olympics (done in Colorado Springs). Or just exercising in Denver altitude, which is our backyard. Most wonder how does altitude affect exercise?

A speedy ascent to high altitudes is associated with a decrease in partial pressure of oxygen, contributory to reduced physical performance as a result of reduced oxygen available, known as hypobaric hypoxia (HH). This creates a high level of physiological stress which can cause mitochondrial oxidative damage and dysfunction. This is on top of the likelihood of getting altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS)---causing headaches, fatigue, difficulty of breathing, muscle aches, inability to exercise, nausea, and more.

Lower oxygen (HH) is associated with serious changes to the musculoskeletal energetic and cardiovascular systems in the body. Mitochondrial density is heavily lowered in individuals acclimatizing in high altitude environments. Therefore, improving and repairing mitochondrial function would diminish the lowered oxygen (HH) induced changes in the body.

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Improve Altitude Performance and Exercise at High Altitude with DHM Herb 

In a study published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Dihydromyricetin (DHM) which is derived from Hovenia Dulcis (or Japanese Raisin), was shown to improve altitude performance and physical performance at simulated high altitudes.

Dihydromyricetin (DHM) is an exceptional herb and antioxidant flavonoid that boosts cellular antioxidant capacity, and also provides hepatoprotective and neuroprotective benefits. It most popularly comes from Hovenia Dulcis extract or the Japanese Raisin Tree, that is commonly grown throughout Asia and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years. It's found as a key ingredient in altitude sickness pills such as Zaca's chewable supplements.

Enhanced Performance Altitude with DHM 
The results of this study shows that Dihydromyricetin (DHM) counteracts injury of the mitochondria in high altitude conditions, while maintaining mitochondrial function and preserving oxidative and ATP synthesis. Therefore improving physical performance and exercise at high altitude, and may also help in preventing altitude sickness or other illness related to reduced oxygen (hypobaric hypoxia).

In addition, DHM was also shown to reduce biomarkers of fatigue and increased physical performance during high altitude conditions. This also suggests that the DHM flavonoid might diminish muscle damage caused by strenuous physical exercise.

  • Improve altitude performance
  • Boost physical performance
  • Enhance sports performance in high altitude
  • Minimize muscle damage from strenuous exercise
  • Reduce fatigue at high altitude 
  • May also help prevent altitude sickness

In conclusion, this study shows that DHM is a super herb for physical performance in high altitude conditions. Helping the mitochondria in vast ways to minimize altitude damage or negative altitude performance outcomes, while even potentially helping with altitude sickness.

Looking for an easy-to-use way to supplement DHM for altitude performance? Try our Hydration Chewables that are loaded with DHM.







1. Dihydromyricetin Improves Physical Performance under Simulated High Altitude