Big Ox O2 for Students
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Just as athletes can benefit from doping their blood to increase the volume of oxygenated cells, new findings suggest students can improve their performance by inhaling pure oxygen. "We found a dose of oxygen can improve performance on tasks that require great mental effort," said Andrew Scholey, director of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience unit at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, England.
Oxygen for the Hungry Brain
Past research has shown that the brain is an energy-demanding organ. While it makes up only 2% of the body's weight, it consumes more than 20% of the body's energy. Scholey explains that the brain is incapable of storing significant amounts of glucose and requires blood flow to steady its supply. As mental strain increases, so too does the brain's demand for energy in the form of oxygen and glucose.
"We measured levels of glucose and oxygen while people were doing mental tasks and found both levels fell," Scholey says.
To conduct his tests, Scholey and his team first monitored students as they played the computer game Tetris. He found when the students played the game at beginner levels, doses of oxygen did not help the their scores. But as the players reached more challenging levels, the students showed significant improvement after inhaling high-purity oxygen.
Next, Scholey's team quizzed students using a "serial seven" test. In the test students are given a number and then asked to subtract seven from the number and then from each subsequent number. Scholey found that those who inhaled high-purity oxygen could accomplish between two to three times more calculations per minute than those who did not take the oxygen.
Judith Wurtman, a cognitive scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, says the findings agree with past research. Studies done in the 1970s showed that high-purity oxygen can improve brain performance, particularly if a subject is feeling depressed or angry or distracted, by increasing the organ's ability to make more of the body's mood regulator, serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical known to elevate a person's state of mind.
Brain Air Freshener
Wurtman stated that the concept of oxygen boosting the brain's performance only makes sense. "Everyone has experienced the lethargic effect of riding in a plane with poor air circulation for four hours. It makes you mentally foggy," she says. "But I don't think breathing pure oxygen is a practical solution. Who wants to go into an exam with an oxygen tank on their back?" Now, thanks to the portability and ease-of-use of Big Ox O2, oxygen is a very practical solution.
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