MENTOLO

Menthol: An Aroma Chemical Profile

By George Stuart Clark IV, Cameron& Stuart Inc., Easton, Maryland

The menthol molecule is comprised of four isomers: menthol, isomenthol, neo-isomenthol and neo-menthol. These are complicated by the fact that each isomer has two chiral antipodes having positive and negative rotation. What is commonly cdledmenthol in nature andin commerce is the l-menthol chiral isomer.

EFFECT OF TOPICAL MENTHOL ON IPSILATERAL AND CONTRALATERAL SUPERFICIAL BLOOD FLOW FOLLOWING A BOUT OF MAXIMUM VOLUNTARY MUSCLE CONTRACTION

ABSTRACT

Purpose/Background: Various doses of topical menthol are commonly applied prior to, during, and after exercise to relieve pain although there is limited empirical evidence examining the physiological effects of this treatment. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of two different doses of menthol (3.5% and 10%) on blood flow and arterial diameter before and after an acute bout of three isokinetic maximum voluntary muscular contraction (MVMC) of the quadriceps and hamstrings.