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Effects of oral supplementation of mint extract on muscle pain and blood lactate

Gül Sönmez
  • Lehman College, Department of Health Sciences, The City University of New York, Bronx, USA
/ Mergül Çolak
  • Faculty of Education, Department of Physical Education and Sport, Erzincan University, Erzincan, Turkey
/ Sedat Sönmez
  • School of Physical Education and Sport, Department of Training Science, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey
/ Brad Schoenfeld
  • Lehman College, Department of Health Sciences, The City University of New York, Bronx, USA
Published Online: 2010-08-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10101-0016-8

Effects of oral supplementation of mint extract on muscle pain and blood lactate

Study aim: To determine the effects of mint extract on muscle pain and blood lactate levels after a 400-m run.

Material and methods: A group of 16 physical education students (mean age 21.81 ± 2.13 years) volunteered to participate in the study. The subjects were randomly assigned into 3 groups: mint, placebo or control. The mint group was given orally mint extract (5 ml/kg of body mass) and the placebo group was given unsweetened tea (5 ml/kg) in a double-blind fashion and cross-over design one hour before a 400-m running test. Subjects in the control group remained untreated. The effect of mint extract on muscle pain was recorded by an inquiry; blood lactate levels were measured after the running test.

Results: Oral administration of mint extract significantly (p<0.01) decreased blood lactate concentrations but muscle pain levels remained unchanged in all groups.

Conclusions: Oral administration of mint extract may have a beneficial effect on blood lactate clearance and therefore may increase athletic performance.

Keywords: Mint; Blood lactate; Muscle pain; 400-m run

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Published Online: 2010-08-30

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Citation Information: Biomedical Human Kinetics, ISSN (Online) 2080-2234, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10101-0016-8.

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