To the collective wisdom of what has continually proven to be the best resource on Training around:
I'm staring at a container in my hands. It's a full on packaged item, the sort of thing you might see on a shop shelf for retail sale, so it isn't "sketchy" by any means. But, you see, this container was given to me through a family member while I was in Iran last September. Apparently it can only be bought in one particular part of the country, and it's well known/popular. I was given it after I took a sip of the drink-mix one morning and liked the unique taste. ...but, anyway, getting to the point: What is it?
I'm not sure, actually. My Persian is good but not fabulously great, and I haven't been able to get a good translation of everything on the label just yet. On the cover label is a photo collage of a whole bunch of various nuts: pistachios, almonds, pecans, walnuts, various smaller seeds and pine nuts and so on... and, taking up the majority of the space, blooming poppy pods. Yes, poppy. Luckily part of the label is in English, though poorly translated, and it reads word for word:
"Traditional Ara Ghavoot
A Magical Herb Powder
1 - Stregthens nerves, stomach & digestion
2 - Calms down arthrosis and colic
3 - Preven bone hollowness and backache
4 - Strengthen before and after pregnancy also in lactate period
5 - Strengthen youngsters, youngsand & sportmen
6 - Strengthen undersexed
7 - Strengthen memory, sedate . opiate for olderly
8 - Appetizer & allegro"
It then proceeds with the weight content, date of production/expiry and so on.
...but, aside from jokes about "the undersexed" (which I am certainly not at this time) - I'm interested in the claims and willing to take a leap in trying this out as a potential supplement to my riding/training program.
Any insights into this, based off of the possible ingredients and what they can do? Any potential benefits? Opiates in the system? Really?
How would you recommend I go about testing the product? It mixes well with warm milk, but can also be used with cold milk. I'm Lactose intolerant so I'll be using lactose-free milk, but that makes no difference. Should I try it as a pre-ride drink? A post-ride drink?
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