Deep Sea Minerals Associated With Improved Post-Exercise Vascular Function
A recent study suggests that supplements that include over 70 minerals and trace elements from the deep sea may help improve blood flow and hemoglobin levels in the brain after exercise.
Participants in the study included 12 young men with an average age of 21 and 9 middle-aged men with an average age of 47. The men consumed either the deep sea supplement, which included over 70 minerals and trace elements collected from 600 meters below the sea in the West Pacific Ocean, or a placebo before, during, and after undertaking a cycling exercise. After a two-week washout period, all of the men underwent the opposite intervention.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted greater hemoglobin levels in the deep sea mineral group, when compared with the placebo. The effects were more noticeable in the older men than in the younger men. They also noted lower increases in the neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio in the middle-aged men after exercise. Neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio is a common marker of inflammation, and is commonly elevated 2 hours after aerobic exercise.
Researchers from the University of Taipei led the study. It was published on December 12, 2017, in Frontiers in Physiology.
Deep ocean minerals are mineral nutrients extracted from deep ocean water found at ocean depths of between 250 and 1500 meters. Deep ocean water contains over 70 mineral nutrients and trace elements including magnesium, calcium, and potassium in their bio ionic form. Although research about deep ocean minerals is in its early stages, they are a source of electrolytes that can help metabolize carbohydrate, proteins and fat plus maintain bone, teeth and muscle function, so health benefits are possible.