Looking for a way to boost your performance in the gym, improve your overall health and wellbeing, and even beat hangovers? Boost Oxygen, the popular global oxygen health and performance supplement, has just launched in SA and trust us, you’ve never tried anything quite like it. Oxygen supplementation is the latest trend in wellness and performance enhancement and everyone from athletes and fitness personalities to celebrities and regular folk are all reaching for a can of the good stuff. The likes of Brie Larson, Khloe Kardashian, and Simon Cowell have all been seen using Boost Oxygen’s products, so we thought we would give it a go and see what all the fuss is about.

Oxygen is the fuel that powers the body during exercise and helps the body repair itself and recover after exercise, so it only makes sense that taking it as a supplement would have some pretty great benefits during and after sports and strenuous exercise. It’s particularly great for reducing muscle cramps and fatigue during exercise, because, by introducing more oxygen into the body, the blood is able to inhibit the production of lactic acid and expel any existing already. Boost Oxygen is 95 percent pure oxygen and comes in light-weight, easy-to-use canisters with a mouthpiece accessory for easy inhalation. The product comes in four flavours, including Menthol & Eucalyptus, Natural, Peppermint, and Pink Grapefruit.

When using the product for sport or training, you’ll take three to five inhalations before an event or workout session, during a rest period, and again at the end of your session to speed up recovery and stay in peak condition. I tried out the product before and after an intense HIIT class and also in the mornings before and after going for a run. I noticed a difference immediately after using the product — I felt more alert after taking a ‘hit’ early in the morning and it helped alleviate the feeling of being “winded” or out of breath straight after intense exercise.

Boost Oxygen

The long-term effects were less obvious to me, and I didn’t really notice increased muscle-recovery or less soreness in my muscles after exercising; of course, you’d have to use the product for a long period of time, so it’s difficult to comment on that as of the time of writing. The flavours really did add to the experience of using the products and the canisters are extremely lightweight, making them easy to carry with you in your gym bag or suitcase.

In addition to increased performance and recovery time, Boost Oxygen also claim that oxygen supplements can improve mental performance, boost energy levels, relieve stress, and even alleviate the symptoms of insomnia and hangovers. For a hangover remedy, start your evening with two to three inhalations and follow these up with three to five inhalations the morning after. Alcohol significantly reduces the level of oxygen in the bloodstream and it takes 3 molecules of oxygen to metabolise 1 molecule of alcohol. According to Boost Oxygen, using the product to supplement your oxygen intake will greatly reduce the after-effects of alcohol. I haven’t tried the product as a hangover cure yet, but it’s definitely worth a shot! The Boost Oxygen Eucalyptus flavour is said to work particularly well to rejuvenate the body and mind and relieve mental fatigue.

Boost Oxygen is available from selected outlets nationwide and online from the Boost Oxygen SA website at a recommended retail price of just R290 for a 650ml canister with a capacity of 120 doses on a 1-second press. A full list of retailers is also available on the website.