A Molecule With A Nobel!

Nitric Oxide is so important to good health that three Americans who discovered its miracles received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1998. Not to be confused with Nitrous Oxide, or “laughing gas”, Nitric Oxide (NO) is made by the lining of the blood vessels or endothelium. When the endothelium registers physical activity it releases more nitric oxide, thereby expanding the blood vessels and decreasing clotting and plaque growth.

Science man with microscope.

What’s It Do?
Nitric Oxide relaxes the vessels and keeps them flexible, allowing them to dilate and increase blood flow. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help prevent platelets from sticking to the vessel lining. As we age our cells produce less nitric oxide so vessels become less flexible leading to hypertension, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease. And as these occur it further inhibits the production of nitric oxide. A vicious circle.

Fitness women doing front squats.

What Does It Help?
Okay, take a seat for this. Because good circulatory flow is essential for good health, having more nitric oxide can alleviate a wide range of issues.

Exercise – Nitric oxide has been shown to decrease muscle soreness, increase muscle generation, and improve performance. When we look at a supplement we go to medical studies, not other blogs that may or may not have accurate information. A research article in the U.S. National Institutes of Health states, “The vasodilatation promoted by nitric oxide after metabolization of L-arginine has been seen to result in increased muscle perfusion and diminished glucose consumption by the skeletal muscles, thus causing diminished muscle fatigue and inducing improvement of physical performance” PubMed.

Brain – Nitric oxide is involved in neurological processes. While the research is still being done it initially indicates that nitric oxide may improve memory and cognitive functioning. By increasing blood flow and decreasing plaque build-up it also may help prevent brain-based diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Impotence – Always a dicey subject, but if it applies to you or your partner there is some good news! Because nitric oxide increases blood flow, studies have shown it can help out mild ED. This study used a placebo and nitric oxide. The results were that 8.3% of the placebo group had improvement and 50% of the nitric oxide supplement group had improvement. So the last sentence in this very scientific sounding article’s results were, “All patients reporting an erection hardness score improvement from 3 to 4 reported being very satisfied.”

Buff guy bench pressing.

How Do I Get More Nitric Oxide?
We always recommend a healthy diet! So eat your vegetables. Particularly leafy green vegetables and beets. Other sources include high protein foods like dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, and beans. If you want to make sure you have enough nitric oxide then taking a high quality supplement like East 270’s Nitric Oxide can help you achieve better health. As with any supplement more is not necessarily better. Never take more than the recommended dosage and it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new supplement. Buy your supplements from a reputable source and make sure they’re manufactured in the US.