New Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Muscle Therapy Gel
Mountain Ice presents our latest addition to the brand: Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel.
Sports Recovery Gel retained some of the amazing antioxidants and natural extracts used in our Arthritis Pain Relief Gel, and added elements known for its ability to strengthen muscles, prevent cell damage, and reduce strains. The result is a unique topical analgesic to be applied prior to physical activity to enhance endurance and performance associated with sports and exercise and after to heal quicker.
Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel:
- Analgesic: provides immediate pain relief to joints and muscles
- Antispasmodic: detoxifies muscle tissue and prevents spasms
- Anti-inflammatory: improves blood circulation and flexibility
- Antimicrobrial and Antifungal: kills bacteria and fungus, preventing infections
~~~~~ Better Muscle Health. Better Body Motion ~~~~~
Mainly used as an herbal supplement to improve memory in the US, however, the Chinese used the Ginseng Root to cure much more than concentration. Ginseng has benefits that improve the overall well-being of a person because it boosts energy, lowers blood sugar, and reduces inflammation. It is believed that the potency of the antioxidants can actually prevent contracting the flu and even decreases the risk of cancer. Ginseng is the featured ingredient in our Sports Recovery Gel because it’s an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that significantly reduces oxidative stress, improves circulation, and combats fatigue. Not only can it be used after exercising or playing sports, but it is thought to actually enhance longevity and performance, so applying prior to activity is also recommended.
GREEN TEA EXTRACT
The Chinese have used green tea since 2737BC and have revered the extract because of its natural effects on restoring the body. Today we know that drinking green tea is beneficial because of the rich antioxidants that help fight free radicals and even reduce our chances of having a stroke, getting heart disease, and developing some forms of cancer. Studies have shown that green tea can actually prevent osteoporosis by strengthening the mineral in bones and improving the density. Also, green tea contains a polyphenol, known as EGCG, which is linked to reducing the severe inflammation associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Relevant to sport recovery, green tea has been proven to mitigate the damage caused to muscles post strenuous activity. It speeds up the healing time by reducing the imbalance of antioxidants and radicals, known as oxidative stress, as well.
Commonly referred to as Indian Frankincense Oil, the sap from the bark has been used medicinally in Indian cultures for centuries. The oil and extracts help soothe inflammatory joint pain associated with osteoarthritis because of its analgesic, pain relieving, properties. There are other uses being researched, however, there is strong evidence that the use of Indian Frankincense during radiation treatment dramatically decreases the skin from being damaged. In a recent study, it was discovered that the combination of boswellia and curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, produced a breakthrough for preventing muscle injury and enhancing the healing of joint pain, especially in runners and athletes who frequently experience stiffness and soreness in the knees. Mountain Ice contains turmeric for its remarkable effects, so adding boswellia to our Sports Recovery Gel was invaluable.
LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT
Like green tea to the Chinese, the Egyptians thought licorice root to be the ultimate healer for all ailments. Although it is sweet enough to make candy, don’t underestimate the power of the treat. Licorice root possesses antiviral elements which prevent against some diseases and help boost the immune system. The antimicrobial and antifungal agents are powerful, especially when used in a topical gel, to prevent the spread of microorganisms and potential bacterial infections. Glycyrrhizic acid, found in licorice, serves as a natural relief for joint inflammation, as well. In addition, licorice root has a positive result on stress, as it aids in the production of cortisol in the body. More importantly, it is known as an antispasmodic, which soothes muscles and relieves involuntary spasms.
TURMERIC ROOT EXTRACT
A natural plant mainly used in the Indian culture as a digestive aid that has been discovered to provide many health benefits, including pain relief. It is the magical ingredient, curcumin, which makes turmeric such a powerful ingredient because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. When used in a topical gel or cream, turmeric can actually prevent joint pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Curcumin can be taken in supplement form by athletes to reduce inflammation and prevent muscle soreness from occurring. Research has shown that by reducing free radicals that cause cellular damage and affect the growth of muscles, taking curcumin regularly can actually improve workouts. Because the unique combination of turmeric and boswellia has a potent effect on athletic performance, it was a clear choice to include both in our Muscle Therapy Gel.
Also known as Niacin, Vitamin B3 is commonly found naturally in many foods and is recommended in a healthy diet. However most of us do not consume enough Niacin to function properly, therefore we need B3, in particular of the 8 B-Complex vitamins, to accumulate energy, make hormones that reduce stress, and improve blood flow by blocking fats associated with bad cholesterol and heart disease. In addition, studies have shown that B3 has anti-angiogenic properties that promote cell renewal and can replace vessels in the blood, associated with stroke patients. Widely used in arthritic patients for its ability to improve mobility and reduce inflammation, Vitamin B3 also protects and strengthens the skin, helps retain moisture, and penetrates deep to heal wounds from within.
Methylsulfonylmethane, the formal name, is found in plants, animals, and humans. MSM has been described as a “miracle compound” because it is a natural and safe alternative to treating pain. It is made up of organic sulfur, which is a mineral that is necessary for your diet and shows up in many foods. MSM also has the power to increase the production of a potent antioxidant, glutathione, which boosts immunity and overall health. It significantly reduces stiff joints and inflammation associated with arthritis. In addition, it has been found to help those suffering from tendonitis and musculoskeletal pain. When muscles are not stretched properly, the result is swelling, pulled tendons, and muscle damage. MSM supplements are used prior to workouts and sports activity to prevent oxidative stress from occurring, which increases flexibility and endurance. When applying a topical gel, the results can have the same effect. MSM increases collagen that supports connective tissues, allowing muscles to recover quicker. Rub on our Recovery Gel to increase athletic performance before and after the game.
Originating from a tree in Asia, camphor has been used for centuries to relieve pain. The oil extracted from the wood is widely used today in gels, lotions, creams, balms, and salves. Like menthol, camphor works by cooling the skin and numbing the area, which blocks pain signals to the brain. It is very powerful when used for pain relief. Camphor is so effective that it has a multitude of uses such as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, and even anti-aging agent. Camphor a quality ingredient used in our Mountain Ice Arthritis Pain Gel for its ability to improve circulation and detoxify muscle tissue. Our Sports Recovery Gel added other infection protectants and muscle spasm preventatives, as well, such as licorice root and spearmint oil to increase effectiveness.
Traditionally used for its anti-aging and healing properties, vitamin E oil can be applied topically or taken in vitamin form. It is a powerful antioxidant that is also found in many foods and reduces the damage caused to cells. For this reason, it is now thought to actually slow down or prevent some diseases. Minimizing the effects of free radicals, administrating vitamin E to the elderly may actually delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E alleviates muscle soreness and reduces inflammation after exercise, as well. Body builders have been taking supplements for years because of the ability to protect the plasma membrane which prevents muscle tears from occurring. Because vitamin E significantly reduces muscle cramps and repairs cells quickly, runners use it to decrease downtime. Therefore, it was necessary to include the powerful ingredient in our Sport Recovery Gel.
Mainly known for its cooling effects on burns and healing properties on abrasions because of its ability to fight off bacteria and boost the immune system. Aloe Vera gel is naturally extracted from the leaves of a plant and can directly be applied to the skin for immediate relief. Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, aloe is now being used for joint and muscle pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia. It is also a remedy used by athletes due to its analgesic properties. The powerful vitamins and minerals contained in aloe provide instant pain relief and long-lasting results. They can reduce sprains and even prevent bruising. Aloe juice has become popular for its natural benefits that help cleanse and detox, but also for its hydration after workouts. Applying topically prior to physical activity can also provide health benefits and prevent damage to cells.
TEA TREE OIL
Derived from the Australian plant, Melaleuca alternifolia, this powerful oil has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic. It was later discovered that the wonder element also helps with inflammation. Tea tree oil works by cleansing the skin and getting deep under the surface to reduce swelling and calm irritation. It works to relieve sore, stiff muscles and, even joint pain, like arthritis. Essential oils have gained popularity among those looking for alternative medicine. While tea tree oil is very good for healing what is on the skin’s surface and wounds, it also penetrates deeper to detoxify the muscles. By preventing infections from occurrin.
L-Arginine is a naturally occurring, vital amino acid that is critical for fetal development and provides other functions to the body such as producing hormones, sending messages to the brain, and making proteins. By converting to nitric oxide, circulation is greatly improved by lowering blood pressure and increasing the flow of blood in the body. Supplements have gained popularity in men because of its potential to increase the human growth hormone (HCG). L-Arginine’s protein-building abilities help produce strong muscle volume and repair connective tissues quicker. The expanding of blood vessels is what relaxes the muscles, reduces the strain caused by exercise, and actually prevents damage from occurring. Nitric oxide also converts sugar in the body into energy. The overall effect leads to substantial muscle mass, greater stamina, increased endurance, and quicker recovery times.
The main active ingredient in pain relieving products because it provides a cooling and numbing sensation to the skin, and prevents the pain from traveling to the central nervous system. While the effects of menthol are immediate, there are also long-term benefits. By increasing blood flow, it allows the skin to absorb other elements and deliver nutrients that are necessary for cellular repair. Not all analgesics are created equally, so it’s important to check the ingredients for the potency. Some topical products include lidocaine and isopropyl alcohol, which only dulls the affected area and severely dries out the skin. While menthol is known for providing pain relief after injury, studies show that sports performance and endurance is enhanced when applying prior to physical activity, as well.
ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER
Called the “mountain daisy” because of its yellow, daisy-like appearance and growth in mountainous areas. The flowers have been used in herbal medicines because of the potent oil that is extracted from them. The herb, arnica, has gained popularity in homeopathic use for pain relief. Many alternative medical practitioners believe that there are natural elements in the earth that assist the body in healing itself, and arnica, is one of them. It contains the powerful substance, helenalin, which reduces inflammation significantly. When used in homeopathy, the flower is diluted in water and ingested to provide relief to those suffering from osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Because of its anti-inflammatory and healing benefits, it is being used to improve joint pain, reduce swelling, relieve muscle strains, and even minimize bruising. By circulating the blood flow, it greatly reduces soreness in muscles which helps them from cramping. As an antispasmodic like camphor, arnica’s increased use by athletes made it a necessity in our Sports Recovery and Muscle Therapy Gel.
Noticeable by its minty scent, eucalyptus is widely used in massage oils for its calming effects and ability to promote relaxation due to its anti-anxiety components. Containing many antioxidants, some believe that inhaling essential oils, like eucalyptus, can actually alleviate pain. Others rub topical creams or gels into sore muscles for the ability of eucalyptus oil to enter the blood stream and reduce swelling and inflammation. Impressively, eucalyptus is also an antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. This powerful extract not only fights off infections, but also helps disinfect wounds naturally and aid in healing. It was imperative to include this special leaf in the Sports Recovery Gel because of its many benefits, but also because it acts as a moisture barrier, therefore preventing dehydrated skin.
Derived from the Mentha spicata herb, spearmint is believed to be the oldest of the Mint plants and is nicknamed for the shape of its leaves. Spearmint’s chemical make-up produces numerous health advantages that go way beyond its popular smell. Like eucalyptus, the spear-shaped mint displays all of the anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic qualities. However, in addition, it is a natural analgesic, which provides pain relief, and is defined as an antibiotic that actually destroys bacteria. Like licorice root and camphor, spearmint oil is also an antifungal and antispasmodic. Applying Sports Recovery Gel prior to exercise can greatly reduce sport infections, such as Athlete’s Foot. Using before any activity can also prevent muscles from contracting and, therefore, alleviate pain.