Science of 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 and oxygen to the brain. This enables us to better cope with lower oxygen levels at altitude.
In the field: 36 climbers taking Ginkgo showed no signs of mountain sickness (which is remarkable) while 35% of climbers on Diamox and 54% on Placebo showed increases in symptoms.
Supplement Category: Flavonoid, Adaptogen, Anti-inflammatory
Why it works: Ayurvedic medicine has recommended ginger as an anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and stomach relaxing vitamin for centuries. Ginger helps to break down toxins and cleanses the lymphatic system, the tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.
In the field: In A 366 person study, those taking ginger reported 4x less pain than those taking a placebo. There have also been a number of studies showing that ginger worked better than placebo at preventing motion sickness in sailors.
Supplement Category: Adaptogen, Anti-inflammatory
White willow bark
White Willow Bark is also known as “nature’s aspirin” providing similar benefits to the pharmaceutical 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 people on placebo.
Supplement Category: Flavonoid, Anti-inflammatory