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The Oyxgen Muscle Connection

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Oxygen is of critical necessity for both muscle strength, stamina and endurance.

It only takes a couple of minutes of exercise before your body needs to get more oxygen to the muscles in order for them to keep working. How much oxygen muscles will need depends on how much blood gets to the muscles and how much oxygen the muscles can pull from the blood cells into the muscle tissue. Muscles that are working pull three times the amount of oxygen out of the blood then resting muscles do. Here are five ways the body delivers more blood, and thus more oxygen, to the working muscles.

  • increased local blood flow to the working muscle
  • diversion of blood flow from nonessential organs to the working muscle
  • increased flow of blood from the heart (cardiac output)
  • increased rate and depth of breathing
  • increased unloading of oxygen from hemoglobin in working muscle

Oxygen is so important to the peak performance of muscles that a new classifications of performance-enhancing drugs are being illegally used by some Olympic athletes. These drugs are so new that tests have yet to be developed to detect them.

“They act like EPO (erythropietin) but they are structurally different and that means the current EPO tests will not pick them up,” German researcher Mario Thevis told delegates to the conference in London convened by World Sports Law Report.

The reason these drugs are used is because of their oxygen-boosting effects. EPO stimulates the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. This increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, allowing muscles to perform for longer.

Just like your car’s engine, your muscles need oxygen to burn fuel. Your muscles use a chemical called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as their source of energy and oxygen is needed to breakdown glucose and create ATP.

When your muscles use up the available oxygen in your blood then your muscles go into a state called “oxygen debt.” This means your muscles start converting glucose into lactic acid and that is when you start to have muscle fatigue.

On the other hand, when your muscles have enough oxygen then they will not produce lactic acid and will not fatigue as fast.

So, as you can see, your muscles need oxygen while exercising…  But they also need it afterwards.  After you exercise your liver continues to need quantities of oxygen which are necessary for it to break down the lactic acid into simple carbohydrates.

Priming your body with a quality oxygen supplement like OxygenSuperCharger can help give your muscles access to the additional oxygen necessary to stay strong, work longer and recover faster.


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  2. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/255318/sports/othersports/olympics-new-illegal-drugs-available-in-run-up-to-games
  3. http://express.howstuffworks.com/web-quest-exercise.htm
  4. http://www.oxygen4energy.com/understanding-oxygen-helps-muscle-performance-a-11.html

Originally posted 2012-04-19 09:30:44.

May 9th, 2017

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