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the100thmonkey's avatar

What is an "oxygen cocktail"?

Asked by the100thmonkey (11230points) June 10th, 2010

A colleague of mine from a former Soviet republic wants to start importing and selling “oxygen cocktail” mixes into the UK.

As I’d never heard of it before (she explained it was similar to the administration of canned oxygen รก la Spaceballs), I did a quick Google search, which turned up beauty websites making the standard dubious claims and some links to medical papers from Soviet-era scientists regarding the regenerative effects of something called “oxygen cocktails”, although they appeared to be more about hyperbaric chambers and the uses of pure oxygen in helping athletes recover from injury. Apart from that, there was very little information from sources that I would trust, and even no Wikipedia article.

My colleague says it’s actually a drink with a high dissolved oxygen content that goes straight in to your bloodstream.

I think she’s talking nonsense – blinded by pseudoscience, as it were, but she’s convinced there’s solid evidence to support it.

Am I wrong?

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gemiwing's avatar

I would think that an ingested oxygenated drink would give you mainly gas, and not much else.

The oxygen bars I’m aware of use inhaled oxygen. The buzz is similar to breathing in and out rapidly for ten minutes. Perhaps there is some lung benefit, but I am unaware of any studies done. Oxygen Bar on Wikipedia.

Perhaps she’s going to import the apparatus? Oxygen is fed through scented liquid before being inhaled by the patron- giving it varying aromas.

ubersiren's avatar

Oh, that’s interesting. I went to an “oxygen bar” once, but it was nothing like that. They didn’t actually have oxygen drinks. It was tubes up my nose blowing scented oxygen. It was sort of a bummer because it took my beer buzz away. That’s how they get you- they sober you up real quick so you’ll buy more drinks when you’re trying to relax! Smelled nice, though.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

Last time I checked, we absorb oxygen through our lungs not our stomachs.
Even if you could “oxygenate” a lquid it holds only a very small amoutn.

Let’s do the math. One liter of air per breath. 32/22.4— 1.4 grams if pure O2. Air is 20% O2 so call it 0.3 g of Oz per breath.

How much O2 can be dissolved in water? Just ran the numbers . At one atmosphere, at 22 C, 1 liter of water dissolves 8.8041 mg of pure O2.
You would need to drink .3g/8.8mg/l = 37 liters of water to get the same O2 as in one full breath.
Save your money.
(If you already spent the money I hope it made you feel better.)

Trillian's avatar

Hehehe, I think PT Barnum said it best.
Then there’s the one about a fool and his money.
I love free enterprise.

BhacSsylan's avatar

Even those oxygen bars are quite bogus. The oxygen doesn’t do a whole lot beyond make you feel a little giddy (like @gemiwing said). Oh, and give you nosebleeds. That one’s got proof at least >.<.

Rarebear's avatar

You’re not wrong. It’s pseudoscientific bullshit.

the100thmonkey's avatar

I thought so. Thanks all.

Incidentally, I’m not spending any of my money on it; she wants to spend her personal money and I’m trying to convince her not to.

Reenaa's avatar

It Boosts skin’s oxygen uptake
Fights skin aging
Promotes a younger, less lined appearance
Helps bind moisture to the skin

foliage's avatar

Hello everybody!
I am russian. I tasted these oxygen cocktails this year in with my physio. It is considered good supplement. Actually, this is not liquid, this is a foam of oxigen bubbles, based on some vitaminous drink. And you don’t drink, you eat it with a spoon :)
And they started to sell it in pharmacies. The kit with bottle of liquid oxigen and vitaminous powder, that allows you to make approximately 10 portions of cocktail at your home costs approximately 5 pounds.
Here is the article in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen_cocktail
So, as this is a new product for british market, I suppose, it would find it’s castomer ;)
The margin can be good.

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