The science of altitude ingredients
The microbes in our digestive systems can affect everything from our mental health to our weight and vulnerability to disease. So why not athletic performance? New science is set to revolutionize the way we eat, train, and live.
– Outside Magazine 1/15/2018
Why it works: , Ginkgo has a remarkable ability to increase blood flow. This enables the body to better cope with decreased oxygen levels.
In the field: 36 climbers taking ginkgo showed no signs of mountain sickness (which is remarkable) while the Diamox and placebo groups showed increases in elevation sickness of 36% and 54%.
Why it works: Ginger has been used as an ayurvedic remedy for over 2000 years. Like NSAIDs, as an anti-inflammatory it eases pain. As a mild stimulant, like coffee, it increases blood flow. Finally, it relaxes the intestinal track, preventing nausea.
In the field: Multiple studies found that ginger prevented nausea in sailors. Additionally, four combined trials of 366 people showed ginger significantly reduced pain versus a placebo.
White Willow Bark
Why it works: , Willow bark, known as “nature’s aspirin” provides similar pain and inflammation benefits as the pills only without the side-effects.
In the field: A study of 191 people with low back pain showed people were 6.5x more likely to be pain free than on placebo.
Why it works: Vitamin C is an antioxidant, it helps to block free radicals that damage cells. Vitamin C also boosts the immune system, and helps the body absorb iron and oxygen in your blood stream.
In the field: An analysis of 598 people showed that people undergoing significant physical exercise (e.g. skiiers, marathon runners, swimmers) were 50% less likely to get sick when taking vitamin C.
Why it works: Around 70% of our immune system cells are in our gut. Probiotics strengthen these cells so they can better fight off infections.
In the field: The proof is in the, yogurt: Team USA’s America’s Cup sailing team saw a 30 percent reduction in upper-respiratory incidents, a 47.5 percent reduction in sailing days lost, and a 54 percent reduction in full training days lost after going on a probiotic regimen
Why it works: B vitamins (B12, B6, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin) help convert food into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), usable energy. B6 and Folate help make hemoglobin which carries oxygen throughout the body . Finally, studies show B vitamins reduce stress and anxiety.
In the field: 112 people were tested for their emotional states. After B12, 100% of the people showed at least a 20% elevation in mood(1).
Begin taking Flygood 24 hours before departure and continue for at least three days. At elevations
above 10,000ft consider continuing for additional days.
One box is intended to acclimate one person on one trip