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.
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.
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.
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1. Dihydromyricetin Improves Physical Performance under Simulated High Altitude