As with most people, I am quite wary of any product which tells me it can help me do something better without very little effort. In September of last year I was introduced to a product called ASEA at a marathon expo. I listened to a gentleman describe the product to me and I was intrigued. I learned how antioxidants, by themselves, are incapable of fighting free radicals without the help of certain reactive molecules. The reactive molecules contained in ASEA are the fundamental components of cellular communication and greatly influence the operation of the immune system. Why am I giving you a science lesson?
Well, without going into too much detail (as I probably do not fully comprehend all the science anyway), ASEA supposedly is the only product which can increase the effectiveness of the body’s most important natural antioxidants by over 500%. Was I skeptical? Is the Pope Catholic? (Yes, he is.)
Unfortunately for my health and fortunately for the purpose of experimentation, I was just a few weeks removed from getting hit by a car and severely separating my shoulder. I was in the perfect place to see if any product could help me heal faster and get me exercising as soon as possible. When I saw that the product was made up of Distilled Water and Sodium Chloride, I was even more skeptical that this “salt water” could do much for me.
I did not expect to see results right away but was happy to try a few bottles that were given to me. Can’t hurt to get it a shot though, right? And for a few weeks I did not see a noticeable difference. But as the months went by, I began to notice that even my normal recovery time, which was faster than most, was actually increasing. However, as I was getting over the car accident and the downtime from it, I figured it was just my body ramping back up to speed again. as such, I didn’t think much of that until New Year’s Eve.
You may have read here how I ran a 6 hour run around Liberty Park on NYE to prep for my upcoming 204 miler. I then went out and inexplicably ran a 19 minute 5k, in freezing cold weather, just a few hours after churning out 43 miles in 6 hours. This seemed absolutely ludicrous to me. I have been able to surprise myself often with my efforts in races but the turnaround time on this was just remarkable.
In the past few months, while running and traveling a schedule that makes my 52 Marathon schedule look weak in comparison, I have been able to stay healthy and strong in spite of the rigors I have been putting my body through. Sure I have had some niggling pains here and there – I am not immune to injury – but I have always bounced back.
The company has done a couple of studies already to ascertain ASEA’s positive effect on athletes’ ability to increase endurance. They studied multiple factors and one of the most amazing results was that taking ASEA for just two weeks increased the Ventilatory Threshold (time to hit the runner’s wall) over 12% on average. That’s a huge improvement for any athlete.
I am told that the company is just completing a much larger study with two well-known sports physicians in Park City, Utah: Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Heiden and professional cycling team physician Max Testa. Stay tuned for those results.
That said, it is never wise or prudent to make rash judgments about what happens in causality. By that I mean I am not one to say ASEA is automatically helping me recover like I never have before. Since I am not certain if that is the case, it would be unwise for me to say so. Then again, I do not know for certain when I toe the line of a marathon if I will finish that race, either. However, I have a pretty good idea I will get to the finish line. I also have a pretty good idea ASEA is doing something right.
As I gear up for my solo running of the American Odyssey Relay, I am happy that ASEA will be on board with me. I plan on taking a regimented dosage as I traverse the entire 202 miles and hope to continue to challenge my own personal limits. I feel that with my hard work, dedication, and planning I will be able to do so. And I am happy that I will also be taking my ASEA along the way.