Competitive athletes and people who engage in rigorous workouts and exercise often experience soreness and fatigue after the activity. The body needs electrolytes, fluids, and certain minerals and trace elements to rebuild, replenish, and to reduce sports fatigue. Scientists have found an intriguing new source of minerals and trace elements that the body can easily metabolize for quick recovery after physical exertion: deep ocean minerals.
Deep ocean minerals are harvested from a layer of ocean known as deep ocean water, which can only be accessed from a few places on earth–the east coast of Taiwan being one of them. Deep ocean water is exceptionally pristine, because it is below 800 feet deep and, as such, is not penetrated by sunlight. This means that no algae, plankton, or marine life lives in this water, which is heavily saturated with over 70 minerals and trace elements. What’s more, cold water temperatures (44 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit) and intense pressures keeps this zone uncontaminated and virtually free of impurities.
Compelling Studies on Fatigue-Reducing Qualities of Deep Ocean Minerals
A case is building to incorporate minerals and trace elements harvested from the deepest zones of the ocean into our diets. Scientists have long known about the importance of minerals for human health, but a new set of compelling studies show that deep ocean minerals are especially potent for reducing fatigue.
In 2009, scientists at the National Taiwan Ocean University observed that Wistar rats drinking deep ocean mineral water during fatigue-induced treadmill trials had less fatigue and better lactic acid elimination than rats drinking regular water. These results were published in the Journal of Food and Drug Analysis, 2009, by Shang-Ta Wang. A further gerbil animal trial at Hung Kuang University, Taichung, Taiwan, endorsed the Wistar rat trial and again demonstrated that deep ocean minerals significantly improved exercise performance during endurance treadmill exercise.
A recent study on humans testing whether deep ocean minerals would improve physical performance and recovery from fatigue underwent its first phase in 2013. The department of Sports Sciences, Taipei University, conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over human study to evaluate the effect of deep ocean minerals on time recovery following a fatiguing exercise routine at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Deep ocean mineral supplementation resulted in complete recovery of aerobic power within 4 hours. Muscle power was also elevated above placebo levels within 24 hours of recovery.
In this study, increased circulating creatine kinase and myoglobin, indicators of exercise-induced muscle damage, were completely eliminated by deep ocean minerals in parallel with attenuated oxidative damage. Researchers concluded that the results provide compelling evidence that deep ocean minerals contains soluble elements, which can increase human recovery following an exhaustive physical challenge. This human sports endurance study is currently being replicated using both elite sports people and aging subjects.
Why We Need Minerals and Elements for Recovery
The human body constantly needs macro minerals and micro trace elements to maintain its energy management. We particularly need soluble minerals or electrolytes to help us maintain optimum cellular fluid levels and keep our body’s pH in balance. It’s no surprise that research on deep ocean minerals is pointing toward reduced fatigue and improved performance, because they are highly concentrated, and in a form that the body can easily assimilate.
The macro minerals and trace elements found in deep ocean water have three important functions. First, they provide the structure to our organs, tissues and bones – calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, fluorine, phosphorus, and sulphur, all present in deep ocean water. Second, the electrolyte form facilitates body fluid activity in tissues to maintain fluid balance, acid-base balance, membrane permeability, and tissue irritability (including nerve transmission and muscle contraction). Significantly, sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium are crucial components of blood, all present in deep ocean minerals. And third, these minerals and elements are used by the body in hundreds of cellular and chemical processes. Magnesium alone may catalyze up to 600 enzyme and hormone reactions.
Look to the Oceans for Next-Generation Sports Supplements
Scientists and nutrition specialists are busy finding ways to harvest the valuable, bioavailable, and plentiful minerals and trace elements found deep under the ocean’s surface. One of China’s leading medical institutes has already duplicated the endurance studies and is awaiting publication. The Sports Science Faculty at Derby University has also started to examine the potential use of deep ocean minerals for a number of health applications. Watch this space for the latest news on deep ocean minerals and improved sports performance.