Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (Feb 2013)

Deep ocean mineral water accelerates recovery from physical fatigue

  • Hou Chien-Wen,
  • Tsai Yung-Shen,
  • Jean Wei-Horng,
  • Chen Chung-Yu,
  • Ivy John L,
  • Huang Chih-Yang,
  • Kuo Chia-Hua

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 10, no. 1
p. 7


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Abstract Background Deep oceans have been suggested as a possible site where the origin of life occurred. Along with this theoretical lineage, experiments using components from deep ocean water to recreate life is underway. Here, we propose that if terrestrial organisms indeed evolved from deep oceans, supply of deep ocean mineral water (DOM) to humans, as a land creature, may replenish loss of molecular complexity associated with evolutionary sea-to-land migration. Methods We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover human study to evaluate the effect of DOM, taken from a depth of 662 meters off the coast of Hualien, Taiwan, on time of recovery from a fatiguing exercise conducted at 30°C. Results The fatiguing exercise protocol caused a protracted reduction in aerobic power (reduced VO2max) for 48 h. However, DOM supplementation resulted in complete recovery of aerobic power within 4 h (P Conclusion Our results provide compelling evidence that DOM contains soluble elements, which can increase human recovery following an exhaustive physical challenge.