Relevant Research on supplemental oxygen benefits.
Oxygen is the main ingredient for production of energy.
Here’s how it works in the body (see chart on right):
1. Oxygen is inhaled into the lungs. Food is broken down in the stomach and intestines.
2. The bloodstream carries oxygen to the muscles and absorbs nutrients.
3. Oxygen and nutrients are transported into the cells.
4. Oxygen and nutrients are used by mitochondria to produce ATP.
5. ATP provides energy to the cells.
In other words, each breath you take converts into energy. Human cells utilize nutrients from oxygen and food to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an energy source that fuels cell functions. If your cells don’t get enough oxygen, they will produce less energy. If your cells require more energy, they utilize greater amounts of oxygen. This is the reason your breathing increases while you workout.
When your energy decreases, your performance also decreases.
Conditions that will lower your oxygen levels – or create low-blood-oxygen levels (“LBO”) symptoms – include jet lag, air pollution, breathing air with less than 20-21% oxygen, intense workouts, high altitudes combined with sports, alcohol intake, stress and overexertion.
Four or five breaths of (O+) oxygen aids in the restoration of your body’s oxygen levels increasing energy and improving cognitive performance1,2 at work, home or play.
AUTOHong Kong and Macau often suffer from polluted air. There are also many cities in China where the air quality is even worse. The air is polluted not only when you see “brown air” but also there are harmful levels of pollutants even when the air looks clear. When you inhale O+ oxygen it can reduce your exposure to air pollution.
Find out the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Hong Kong here: http://aqicn.org/city/hongkong/ and Macau here: http://aqicn.org/city/macau/taipa-grande/m/.
TRAVELTravelers are often times exhausted and weak from dealing with airport security measures, long flight delays, layovers and sometimes high consumption of caffeine. At cruising altitude, airplanes have lower-than-normal air pressure and oxygen levels - with blood oxygen saturation up to 10% lower than normal4.
OFFICEDifferent than your muscles, your brain is not able store energy. It requires a uninterrupted stream of oxygen and nutrients to perform properly. A few inhales of O+ often helps a person to feel more with it. According to The Franklin Institute, the brain requires ten times more oxygen than the other parts of the body. Lack of oxygen can lower your alertness, memory and decision making ability.1,2. Many people have a sharp falloff in cognitive ability and working memory quickness in the afternoon after 2 pm - a decrease which can lead to a reduction of productivity. Notice how memory and alertness decrease after the post-lunch dip in the below diagram.
Source: Boosting Your Energy, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School, 2005
ELEVATIONAt high altitudes, oxygen molecules have less density. Going up five thousand feet in the mountains often times results in symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness – nausea, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, poor sleep, and loss of appetite. These symptoms lessen when a higher concentration of oxygen is breathed in. If the brain does not get enough oxygen, it becomes impaired and hypoxia can occur. Hypoxia is the lack of oxygen reaching tissues in the body. Hypoxia can often happen in oxygen-deficient environments like at higher elevations in the mountains. The most detrimental hypoxia symptom is how it diminishes a person's awareness of the deficiency. In low oxygen environments, people can experience a mild euphoria and feel good, even if they cannot write their name clearly or figure out directions on a map.Note: Any person a medical condition should consult their doctor before using Oxygen Plus.
PLAYIntense exercise requires more oxygen than normal to fuel the cells, produce energy and aid in recovery. Muscles utilize glycogen that comes from carbohydrates. When glycogen is burnt without oxygen, it creates lactic acid, resulting in muscle fatigue. Olympic athletes, professional football players and other athletes, have long used supplemental oxygen for recovery to restore low blood-oxygen-levels and also to recover from muscle fatigue3. Anaerobic exercise and workouts that produce high levels of lactic acid are the most responsive to supplemental oxygen.
RECOVERYDrinking alcohol depletes oxygen in your bloodstream. Using supplemental oxygen increases the amount of oxygen available to the body's cells, aiding to help lessen, and recover from, the bad effects of hangovers. Even though oxygen cannot help lessen the consequences of dehydration, oxygen actively breaks alcohol down into harmless substances that are easier for the body to manage. People that sometimes over-indulge find that oxygen intake can help them recover faster.Note: O+ advocates drinking in a responsible manner.
Visit our faqs page for more information on the benefits of using supplemental oxygen and how O+ products can help restore your get-up-and-go. Also, check out actual customer testimonials for first-hand accounts of how using O+ oxygen has helped people feel and perform better.
Medical Science and Sport Journal References
RE: The use of supplemental oxygen increases both immediate and delayed word recall, and significantly improves performance on several measures of attention and vigilance.(1) Moss, MC, Scholey, AB, Wesnes, K, “Oxygen administration selectively enhances cognitive performance in healthy young adults: A placebo-controlled double-blind crossover study,” Journal of Psychopharmacology, 1998 Dec;138:27-33
RE: Supplemental oxygen significantly improves cognitive performance in healthy adults. Compared with people who breathed normal air, which is 21 percent oxygen, those who breathe 90 percent oxygen perform better on recall tests and reaction time.(2) Scholey AB, Moss MC, Neave N, Wesnes K, “Cognitive Performance, Hyperoxia, and Heart Rate Following Oxygen Administration in Healthy Young Adults,” Physiology & Behavior, 1999 Nov;67(5):783-9
RE: U.S. Olympic athletes are using oxygen in conjunction with high-altitude training to extend their workouts and improve performance.(3) Wilbur RL, Holm PL, Morris, DM, Dallam GM, Subudhi AW, Murray DM, Callan SD, “Effect of FIO2 on oxidative stress during interval training at moderate altitude,” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2004 Nov;36(11):1888-94
RE: A persistent feeling of fatigue is one of the most common health concerns in this country, accounting for 10 to 15 million doctors visits per year.
77% cite “lack of energy” as the top health concern.
At cruising altitude, airline cabins have lower-than-normal air pressure and oxygen levels. Blood oxygen saturation during commercial flights can be 5%–10% lower than normal.(4) Excerpts from Boosting Your Energy, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School
RE: Airplane cabins are not pressurized to sea level. Passengers on long-haul flights are therefore exposed to reduced oxygen pressure for periods of up to 18 hours at a time.(5) Geertsema, C, Williams, AB, Dzendrowskyj, P, Hanna, C, “Effects of commercial airline travel on oxygen saturation in athletes,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2008;42:877-881
Article: Preparing for Safe Travel to High AltitudeAnderson, Paul, “Preparing for Safe Travel to High Altitude,” Mayo Clinic, Co-investigator, ASAP study, 2015 Feb.