Bol d’air: How does it work?
The Bol d’air optimises the oxygenation of the body. It looks after and increases our ability to assimilate the oxygen we usually inhale. It’s in this way that the Bol d’air helps to keep us healthy.
Objective: breathe more efficiently
Our capacity to use the air’s oxygen diminishes for various reasons such as pollution, way of life, stress, ageing, illness, etc.
The Bol d’air provides a solution to the resulting cellular under-oxygenation (hypoxia).
Find out more about under-oxygenation
When we inhale, oxygen penetrates the pulmonary alveoli. It binds unstably with haemoglobin to form oxyhaemoglobin.
The oxyhaemoglobin, carried around the whole body by the blood, gives up its oxygen to the cells in a form that can be assimilated. The blood is then re-oxygenated by passing through the lungs and the whole cycle starts again.
The air that we breathe, even in cases of extreme pollution, contains a constant percentage of oxygen, this is around 21% and has been for millennia. If our cells lack oxygen it must be our capacity to use it that is called into question.
The great outdoors – a solution
René Jacquier observed that even in ancient times places that were considered to have health giving properties were situated in fir and pine forests. Going from observation to experimentation he found the answer to his question in the pine essences of the Landes (Pinus pinaster).
The role of pine essence
Pine resin essence, rich in alpha and beta pinenes, is used in medicine and cosmetics for its very well known beneficial properties: it is antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic etc.
It is composed of unsaturated aromatic molecules that offer the possibility of a supplementary chemical liaison.
In the atmosphere, and in certain physical and meteorological conditions, these molecules become super-charged with oxygen making them very reactive.
It was with this natural phenomenon in mind that René Jacquier thought up the Bol d’air solution: using essential pine resin oil (turpentine) to create an oxygen carrier.
Oxygen that’s easy to assimilate
The pinenes in the essential oil Orésine®, transformed by peroxidation, become facilitators of cellular oxygenation. That’s why René Jacquier called them biocatalysts.
The mechanism is three fold:
• There is a better distribution of oxygen to the cells. Essentially, the haemoglobin “captures” oxygenated pinenes more readily than oxygen on its own. The same amount of oxygen is inhaled from the air but more of it gets to the cells.
• Oxygen is more easily liberated in the tissues: carried by the intermediary of the pinenes it is less solidly bound to the haemoglobin.
• Oxygen is delivered in a nascent form, rendering it easily assimilated by the cell.
Using the Bol d’air means that the body is better oxygenated, in a simple and natural way:
• cellular respiration happens without the risk of oxidative stress stemming from either a deficit of or an excess oxygen.
• mitochondrial function improves:
– there is a growth in the production of energy
– anti-radical defences are reinforced
• the bioavailability of oxygen is improved.
This approach has nothing to do with quantitative oxygenation which involves inhaling more oxygen than is naturally present in the air. The Bol d’air method is natural, safe and non-addictive.