Although first isolated in 1771 by Hieronymus David Gaubius, menthol is a mysterious organic compound that has kept us puzzled for centuries, really. Until recent years, nobody was quite sure how it works, exactly, nor why it does what it does.
What we did know is that it helped with pain when applied topically or ingested. Plus, it made us feel, well, cooler. So here are the 5 superpowers of menthol:
MENTHOL IS SIMPLY – COOL
Menthol makes us feel cool (or at least cool-er). It chemically activates the skin’s cold-sensitive receptors, giving off a chilling feeling that is incredibly revitalizing. Menthol also works its magic on the tongue by activating the nerve endings that give you that feeling of cold. A menthol-induced electrical impulse flows from nerve endings to the brain, fooling it into thinking it is up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (or 22 degrees Celsius) cooler than it is!
MENTHOL IS QUITE A COUNTERIRRITANT
A counterirritant? This is a type of substance that causes a superficial irritation in one area of the body while treating a more serious irritation in another. Usually these compounds simply “irritate” by chemically stimulating the skin’s thermal receptors, resulting in a feeling of heat or cold.
MENTHOL STIMULATES YOUR BODY’S THERMORECEPTORS
When stimulating the body’s thermoreceptors, menthol makes the body send a signal to the brain that our body is cooling down. This is precisely the moment when you get the feeling of relief and coolness.
MENTHOL AND ITS MANY MANY HEALTH BENEFITS
Whether it’s pain, irritation, headaches, or cough, menthol offers multiple benefits to your body. It revitalizes and refreshes the targeted area, helping with itching and/or inflammation. It is also known to treat digestive illnesses and expand blood vessels, enhancing the blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
MENTHOL AS A PAIN RELIEF INGREDIENT
But one of menthol’s most amazing superpowers is its pain-relief potential. Its analgesic properties activate the so-called κ-opioid receptors. To make the long story short, menthol simply disables the nerves from sending out pain signals, thus deactivating central analgesic pathways. When used topically, it is usually for some kind of inflammation or lesser pain. When ingested or inhaled, on the other hand, it is generally for internal soreness.
Scientists in the labs worldwide are now investigating whether menthol’s molecular superpowers can be put to use in order to create the newest generation of drug-free painkillers. Enter – LUBRICEN®.
Thanks to its key ingredients, the LUBRICEN® knee patch drug-free formula assists the body in producing synovial fluid – the body’s natural joint lubricant. Aside from Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate, the knee patch’s solid-state gel features menthol as a sensory agent, taking advantage of its counterirritant and pain-relieving properties. Or superpowers, as we call them.
This novel solution to joint pain issues uses diamagnetic micro-array technology embedded in the knee patch itself, in order to deliver these active ingredients where they are needed the most. Thus, LUBRICEN® supports joint function and the lubrication of the knee, its mobility and flexibility, addressing joint ache and inflammation at its core rather than just masking the downstream pain. Last but not least, menthol provides pleasant sensory feedback by cooling the skin.
Unlike your usual oral and topical drug-based remedies, which can be dangerous or not recommended after 2 weeks of use, the LUBRICEN® patch can be used continuously over long periods of time. It works best when worn for at least 4 hours, but can be used for up to 24 hours.
The best part? It is a DRUG-FREE solution.
And that is one superpower we love to share!