The air we breathe contains volumes of about 20.9% oxygen, 78% nitrogen and small amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, neon, helium and hydrogen. The breathing air we inhale contains oxygen particles that travel from our lungs into the red cells of our bloodstream.
In normal conditions, cells absorb only 25% oxygen into their mitochondria – the power house of our cells – that convert oxygen and nutrients into ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), the high-energy molecule that stores and gives our body energy to function. This process is called aerobic respiration, the principal reason we breathe oxygen.
Inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the pressure forces the oxygen into our lungs, bloodstream and cells to increase the absorption rates within the cells. More 0xygen is supplied to mitochondria, thus enhancing the production of energy.