What is Boost Oxygen?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It’s summer break, and that means more people are traveling. But since we live at a high altitude, not everyone feels great when they arrive in Colorado.

But one product called Boost Oxygen promises to help people adjust faster.

A Boost Oxygen can has about 95 percent oxygen in it and will cost you about $20. According to the Boost Oxygen website, this can also help with altitude sickness, hangovers, and sports performance just by breathing out of this bottle.

Denise Matthews started getting Boost Oxygen for her mother, who visits her in Colorado Springs.

“She’s from upstate New York, not used to the elevation or the altitude and we thought we would give it a try to help her acclimate better to the higher altitude here,” Denise Matthews, Colorado Springs resident and Boost Oxygen user, said.

Matthews started incorporating it into her workouts, using it three to four times a week. She said feels the Boost Oxygen effects pretty quickly after using it.

“Almost instantaneous, I feel like it gives me the extra boost I need to get to the end of my workout,” Matthews said.

The directions say to place the mask under your nose, press the trigger down and breathe deeply several times. You should feel the effects relatively soon.

Carol Overbeck, Retail Manager at the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, said Boost Oxygen is a popular item for them.

“It’s hard to keep in stock. We sell about 6,000 cans during a season, so not during a year but during a season, which is pretty much May through September,” Carol Overbeck, Retail Manager at the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, said.

The main reason Overbeck sells it at the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is because she has tourists visiting from all over.

“People do get sick, and if they get sick on the train and have to ask for oxygen then we have to have an ambulance meet them down here, so this is just a reassurance that you paid a fair amount of money for your ticket on the train to go to the top. So you might as well enjoy your trip without feeling sick,” Overbeck said.

Doctors said oxygen like this can curb altitude sickness within a few minutes, but it’s just a temporary fix.

Some things you can do to adjust to high altitudes: make sure to stay hydrated, take an ibuprofen before and after you are in high altitudes, and don’t stay up in extreme high altitudes for long periods of time.

Boost Oxygen is for recreational purposes. It has not been approved by the FDA and the company says it’s not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.

Boost Oxygen also comes in several flavors, including natural, peppermint, pink grapefruit and menthol eucalyptus.

It can be found at local sports shops and Sports Authority, and you’ll find plenty of products like this in the mountain towns.

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