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Nitric Oxide FAQ

Q. What Is Nitric Oxide?

A. Nitric Oxide is a signaling molecule formed from nitrogen (N) and oxygen (O) and often just called NO. Nitric oxide plays a major role in vascular relaxation (blood pressure regulation) immune response, inflammation, anti-thrombotic activity, erectile function and memory formation.

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Q. How Does Nitric Oxide Work?

A. Nitric oxide is formed in the body from select amino acids, oxygen and other molecules by various enzymes.

The endothelium (inner lining) of blood vessels uses nitric oxide to signal the surrounding smooth muscle to relax, thus resulting in vasodilation and increasing blood flow.

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Q. What Are Nitric Oxide Supplements?

A. The term “Nitric Oxide Supplements,” though commonly used, is actually a misnomer. Currently there is no such thing as supplemental nitric oxide. There are however, supplements that increase or “boost” nitric oxide production within the body.

Some of the more common supplements include the amino acids L-Arginine, L-Citrulline and L-Norvaline. There are also many herbal extracts such as grape seed oil and pine bark that can boost NO production in the body.

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Q. How Safe Are Nitric Oxide Boosters?

A. Since nitric oxide boosters (as a category of supplements) is still relatively new, it’s hard to determine whether or not there will be long term health effects from its use.

The one common short-term side effect related to the vasodilation that comes with increased NO is the triggering of migraines in those that struggle with them. However, NO boosters likely won’t cause one in someone that doesn’t battle chronic migraines.

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Q. Can Anyone Take Nitric Oxide Boosters?

A. Absolutely! Nitric oxide boosters are not gender or age specific. In fact, it’s become common place for healthcare professionals to recommend basic OTC boosters such as L-Arginine to those that have declining circulation related to age.

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Q. How Can I Increase Nitric Oxide Levels Naturally?

A. The quickest way to get a boost is simply exercising, unfortunately the effects are rather short lived, so including nitric oxide-boosting foods in your diet is the best method for more sustained NO production throughout the day.

Some foods rich in nitric oxide-boosting ingredients include dark chocolate, watermelon and walnuts.

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Q. Can Nitric Oxide Help With Erectile Dysfunction?

A. Yes. In fact, nitric oxide production is the mechanism of action of the drug sildenafil citrate, (popularly known as Viagra). The pathways of prescription ED medication signal a little differently than OTC nitric oxide boosters, but the action is the same: increased blood flow.

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Q. Will Taking A Nitric Oxide Booster Before A Workout Give Me More Energy?

A. Not in the traditional sense of the word, the nitric oxide molecule itself is not a stimulant. However, one of the primary performance-related effects that comes with increased blood flow is more physical endurance. This particular “sensation” can feel like a shot of energy, especially to a first time user, even if it’s not an energy boost by the classical definition.

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Q. Can Nitric Oxide Help Me Lose Weight And/Or Build Muscle?

A. On the surface, the main function of nitric oxide would seem to have nothing to do with weight loss or muscle gain, but the truth is it does, and in a much more direct manner than you’d initially think.

Both the process of burning fat and building muscle require a lot of shuttling within the body. Nutrients like amino acids, glycogen and creatine rely on the blood stream to get where they need to go (the muscles) efficiently. Conversely, triglycerides that have been broken down during that process we call “fat burning” also need to be shuttled into muscles where they can continue the process of being converted back into energy.

So though NO might not increase your metabolism, curb your appetite or activate anabolism; its action is vital for the body to efficiently burn fat and build muscle.

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Comments (2)

what is a safe dosage for n. oxide producing suppliments

February 11, 2015

richard

what is a safe dosage for n. oxide suppliments

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    Stefan R. Wilson

    Stefan R. Wilson

    February 12, 2015

    Re: richard

    The amount of nitric oxide within a supplement will vary depending on the supplement’s purpose and the recommended dose listed on the label. There has not been a specific guideline as to how much nitric oxide is safe to intake in supplement form. However, too much can cause adverse side effects. It is highly recommended that you follow the instructions on the bottle when you take a nitric oxide supplement.

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