Wednesday 16 March 2022

Could Kratom Benefit Athletic Performance?


Kratom has been receiving a lot of attention for its perceived health and therapeutic benefits. Proponents claim it can do everything from boost energy to elevate mood, and some connoisseurs even swear by its ability to improve athletic performance. If you’re an elite athlete, fitness junkie, or general wellness enthusiast, you may have already taken an interest in the potential of kratom. Can it actually enhance your athletic pursuits?


What Is Kratom?

First, it’s important to understand what kratom actually is and what it does. To break it down in its simplest terms, kratom is a tropical tree found in southeast Asia and Africa. It’s actually part of the coffee family, and it has been consumed for centuries throughout southeast Asia. Traditionally, consumers have chewed the leaves, mixed kratom into teas, and used it during religious ceremonies.


Today, kratom is sold commercially in the form of powders, capsules, teas, and even cigarettes. Kratom products are available in different strains and varieties depending on the cultivar and location of origin. For example, there is Thai kratom, Indonesian kratom, Borneo kratom, and Sumatra kratom. In addition, different strains have been associated with different effects. For instance, Thai white maeng da capsules have been associated with energy, confidence, pain relief, and euphoria. Red Bali kratom has been associated with relaxation but may also promote energy in small doses. When shopping for any type of kratom, it’s important to note the specific effects.


Can Kratom Boost Athletic Performance?

Although the effects of kratom can vary somewhat between strains, there are a few universally recognized effects, including pain relief, energy, and elevated mood. All of these effects can potentially benefit athletic performance. That’s just part of the reason why kratom is getting popular among athletes.


While research is limited, there are a few studies that attest to these potential benefits. For instance, a study from the University of Florida revealed that kratom “delivered significant pain-relieving benefits” even to the point where it was able to reduce opioid dependence in certain patients. In addition, one major clinical review attested to kratom’s ability to elevate mood, increase energy, and reduce pain symptoms. 


Energy, mindset, and physical readiness are three important pillars of athletic performance. Some enthusiasts use kratom as a pre-workout and post-workout supplement to promote energy before exercising and to aid in muscle recovery when the workout is complete. While success can vary and much of the perceived benefit is anecdotal, the research does seem to suggest that there’s real potential.


How to Effectively Use Kratom for Athletic Performance

Of course, to get the most from kratom, an athlete must follow a few basic rules.


The first step is to shop for quality kratom capsules or powders. Not all kratom is good kratom. The high-quality stuff is grown on kratom farms in southeast Asia (not in the U.S.) and is sold by reputable suppliers. Every product should come with a certificate of analysis from a third-party lab affirming the quality of the product. For more information on how to shop for high-quality kratom, refer to our guide on 5 Things to Look For in a Kratom Store



In addition, it’s important to be careful with this supplement. While benefits have been observed in those who supplement with low amounts of kratom, negative side effects have been observed in those that use large amounts. If kratom is abused, it may lead to dependence and may promote negative side effects like constipation, sweating, dry mouth, and hallucinations. Always use as directed. If you’re new to kratom, speak to your doctor before introducing it into your fitness or health regimen.


Finally, if you notice any negative side effects when using kratom, reduce how much you’re using or stop altogether. Everyone’s biochemistry is unique, and if your body responds negatively to kratom, it may be best to find an alternative form of supplementation.


Kratom for Fitness – Is It Worth the Hype?

If you want to try kratom for fitness, the key is research and moderation. Research the brands and products carefully, and moderate your use. As long as you follow these simple steps, you should notice some benefit with minimal side effects. The important thing is to listen to your body.


Discover for yourself if kratom is the supplement you’ve been looking for.



Author Bio:

Laura Henry is a writer and editor with a passion for alternative health products and practices. When they're not outside with their rescue dog, they spend their time exploring local wellness/new age spaces and practicing yoga.





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