Best Natural Ingredients for Muscle Pain
Mountain Ice presents our new step forward in pain relief: Mountain Ice Muscle Therapy Gel.
Mountain Ice Muscle Therapy Gel has retained some of the amazing antioxidants and natural extracts used in our Arthritis Pain Relief Gel, and includes additional elements known for their ability to strengthen muscles, prevent cell damage, and reduce strains. The result is a unique topical analgesic designed to be applied prior to physical activity to enhance endurance and help you reach peak athletic performance.
Mountain Ice Muscle Therapy Gel is:
- Analgesic: provides immediate pain relief to joints and muscles.
- Antispasmodic: detoxifies muscle tissue and prevents spasms.
- Anti-inflammatory: improves blood circulation and flexibility.
- Antimicrobial 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
Green tea's rich antioxidants help fight free radicals and may even reduce our chances of having a stroke, getting heart disease, and developing some forms of cancer. Studies have also linked green tea to preventing osteoporosis by strengthening the mineral in bones and improving density. Green tea also contains the polyphenol known EGCG, which is associated with reducing the severe inflammation associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Relevant to sport recovery, green tea is linked to mitigate the muscle damage caused by 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 Boswellia serrata's bark has been used medicinally in Indian cultures for centuries. The analgesic properties of the oil and its extracts help soothe inflammatory joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. New research suggests that using boswellia during radiation treatment may decrease associated skin damage. In a recent study, it was discovered that the combination of boswellia and curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, had promise in preventing muscle injury and relieving 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
Licorice root possesses antiviral elements which prevent against some diseases and help boost the immune system. These antimicrobial and antifungal agents help to prevent the spread of microorganisms and potential bacterial infections. Glycyrrhizic acid, found in licorice, serves as a natural relief for joint inflammationl. Licorice root aids in the cortisol production that regulates the body's stress response, boosting energy during strenuous activity. As an antispasmodic, it helps to relieve involuntary spasms and soothe muscles. More importantly, it is known as an antispasmodic, which soothes muscles and relieves involuntary spasms.
TURMERIC ROOT EXTRACT
Long used in traditional Indian medicine as a digestive aid, turmeric's use as a pain reliever has more recently been discovered. Containing the ingredient curcumin, which has rich antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is approved by the Arthritis Foundation for joint pain relief. Curcumin alone has been utilized by athletes to reduce inflammation and prevent muscle soreness. Research suggests it can improve workouts by reducing free radicals that cause cellular damage and impede muscle growth. The unique combination of turmeric and boswellia has a potent effect on athletic performance, making the pair a clear choice to include in our Muscle Therapy Gel.
Also known as Niacin, Vitamin B3 is found naturally in many foods and is recommended as a key component of a healthy diet. Vitamin B3 helps us accumulate energy, create 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 (MSM), described as a "miracle compound" for its effectiveness in pain relief, has been used to reduce stiffness and inflammation associated with arthritis. Studies suggest MSM increases levels of collagen, which supports our connective tissues, and the supplement has had promising results in reducing musculoskeletal pain and pain resulting from tendonitis. Many athletes use MSM prior to workouts to prevent oxidative stress, as well as to increase flexibility and endurance.
Used as a pain reliever for centuries, the oil extracted from the wood of the camphor laurel remains widely used as an analgesic. Like menthol, camphor works by cooling the skin and numbing the area, which blocks pain signals to the brain. Camphor is useful in preventing muscle spasms and also contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-aging qualities. With camphor working together with other antispasmodic ingredients such as licorice root and spearmint oil, our Muscle Therapy Gel will help you train your muscles to their peak while avoiding spasms from overexertion.
Traditionally used for its anti-aging and healing properties, Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that alleviates muscle soreness and reduces inflammation after exercise. Its effects are already well-known to athletes, who have adopted it for a variety of uses: bodybuilders for its ability to protect the cell's plasma membrane, preventing muscle tears from occurring, and runners, to decrease downtime due to its ability to reduce muscle cramps and repair cells quickly.
Mainly known for its ability to cool burns and heal abrasions, aloe vera's anti-inflammatory properties have also led to its use in relieving joint and muscle pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Athletes too have begun to take advantage of the powerful analgesic properties of aloe vera! It can provide immediate pain relief, reduce sprains, and even prevent bruising. Many athletes have even begun to utilize the plant in juice to provide additional hydration after workouts. If you have soreness and pain after exercise, you can turn to aloe vera, and that's why we've included it in our Muscle Therapy Gel.
TEA TREE OIL
Derived from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia, this powerful anti-inflammatory oil has also been used for centuries for its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil works by cleansing the skin and getting deep under the surface to reduce swelling and calm irritation. It can relieve sore, stiff muscles and alleviate joint pain caused by both athletics and arthritis. Its ability to penetrate deep into the skin and joints to attack pain at its source made it a natural choice for our Muscle Therapy Gel.
L-Arginine is a naturally occurring, vital amino acid that is critical for major bodily functions like producing hormones, sending messages to the brain, and making proteins. By converting to nitric oxide, it improves circulation by lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow; the nitric acid created by L-Arginine dilates blood vessels, helping your muscles to relax, reducing strain from exertion, and preventing muscle damage. L-Arginine’s protein-building abilities and potential to increase levels of human growth hormone (HGH) even at rest allow it to help your body expand muscle volume and repair connective tissues quicker. It can lead to substantial muscle mass development, greater stamina, increased endurance, and quicker recovery times.
The main active ingredient in many pain-relieving products, menthol 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 better absorb and deliver nutrients that are necessary for cellular repair. While menthol is known for providing pain relief after injury, studies show that sports performance and endurance can be enhanced when applying it prior to physical activity. Get all the benefits of menthol in our new Muscle Recovery Gel!
ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER
Called the “mountain daisy” because of its yellow, daisy-like appearance and growth in mountainous areas, Arnica Montana flowers contain the powerful anti-inflammatory substance helenalin. Extracts from the flowers are used to improve joint pain, reduce swelling, relieve muscle strains, and even minimize bruising. By improving circulation, this extract greatly reduces muscle soreness and prevents cramping. As an antispasmodic, arnica’s increased use by athletes made it a necessity in our Muscle Therapy Gel.
Known for its distinctive, minty fragrance, eucalyptus is widely used in massage oils for its calming effects and ability to promote relaxation. Containing many antioxidants, eucalyptus oil can reduce swelling and inflammation, and is also an antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic agent. 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 our Muscle Therapy Gel not only for these benefits, but also for its ability to act as a moisture barrier, preventing dry, dehydrated skin.
Derived from the Mentha spicata herb, spearmint’s is a natural analgesic that also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic qualities. Like licorice root and camphor, spearmint oil is also an antifungal and antispasmodic. Applying Muscle Therapy Gel prior to exercise can prevent muscles from contracting, stopping painful spasms before they start.