Recreational divers often make use of vitamins and supplements to help negate some of the negative effects associated with diving. For example, vitamin C has been to be an effective way of countering the high blood pressure that many divers get after completing a dive. But, what most divers may not know is that certain vitamins and supplements can help improve lung capacity and make diving easier. And these are not exotic, hard to get vitamins and supplements either, they can easily be found at either health stores or at supermarkets. For an in depth review of the best all natural supplements on the market today a great resource is a website named Male Strength Review, the creator and fitness trainer/researcher Tom Curren.
Ginseng is a kind of miracle root. Ginseng can be used to heal all sorts of different ailments; and over the various centuries, it has been used to treat varying conditions, such as cancer, inflammation, stomach pains, and even bad breath. So, how exactly does ginseng help divers? Well, ginseng, specifically Siberian ginseng (which is widely available today in vitamin form), has been used to increase endurance in athletes. For example, one study in Taiwan showed that those taking Siberian ginseng were able to cycle for over 20% longer than those who took a placebo. Soviet athletes made use of ginseng extract for years; it was said to improve endurance, lung capacity, and speed healing of the muscles. Other studies have confirmed that ginseng does have a positive effect on lung capacity. One study gave ginseng, specifically ginseng extract, to a group of patients suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); and the study found that the ginseng extract resulted in significant improvements in lung function and lung capacity.
So, divers who want to increase their lung capacity may want to consider trying some form of ginseng extract. It should be extremely easy to find ginseng extract as it should be carried in any store that carries vitamins or supplements.
This one is a bit more abstract, most people are probably aware of the health benefits of ginseng, but most people are probably unaware that alkaline supplements can also help with diving. The science behind it is actually quite simple. As you start to age, your body’s PH level starts to decrease. For those who need a quick reminder, your PH level refers to how acidic your body is, the lower the PH, the more acidic, the higher the PH, the more alkaline there is in your body. Anyways, the basic logic is that as your body becomes more acidic, your blood cells are able to hold less oxygen. On the other hand, if you have more alkaline in your body, your blood cells can hold more oxygen. So, you want to try and increase your body’s PH levels.
How do you go about doing that exactly? Well, you can buy several straight alkaline supplements at almost any health food store. You can also try other acid neutralizing vitamins, like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron, all of which help neutralize acid and increase your alkaline levels.
This one is controversial, as there is conflicting evidence how useful Vitamin E actually is. For a long time it was assumed that Vitamin E helped improve the condition of the lungs. However, in recent years some research has come out to suggest that Vitamin E has no impact on the functioning of the lungs. Other research has even suggested that Vitamin E, is, in fact, bad for the lungs. So, divers looking for vitamins and supplements to promote breathing may want to try one of the above options, since it appears that we are still waiting for the final verdict on Vitamin E.