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Nitric Oxide: The Cardiovascular Hero

healthy-heartThe same chemical responsible for men’s erections (and, indirectly, for the success of Viagra) also plays a vital role in the health of your arteries, and thus your heart.

The chemical is nitric oxide (NO), which is primarily produced in the blood vessels’ endothelium, or lining.

There it increases blood flow, prevents fatty deposits from sticking to blood vessel walls, keeps walls from getting too thick and stiff, and prevents the arteries from narrowing.

All of the major culprits in heart disease — overweight, lack of exercise, smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high levels of homocysteine — damage the endothelium.

A damaged endothelium doesn’t make enough NO, which results in more damage in an increasingly dangerous spiral.

NO supplementation is often used by body builders or those who perform rigorous physical activities need a higher amount of NO, as it allows for an increase in blood flow while building muscles.

Now NO is prescribed to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease and can also be used in treating a variety of conditions such as insomnia, obesity, diabetes and sexual problems.

It is because of these abilities that NO is touted to be the next miracle cure on the shelf.

Benefits of Nitric Oxide – A Closer Look

Blood Circulation – Nitric oxide’s most profound effect on the body is that of a power vasodilator. A vasodilator is a substance that increases the diameter of blood vessels and allows blood to flow unimpeded.

Nitric Oxide regulates blood circulation throughout the body, increases the diameter of blood vessels and prevents formation of clots.

It assists the endothelial cells in controlling and relaxing blood vessels.

In fact, its link to a healthy cardiovascular system is so strong that the prescription medication nitroglycerine is prescribed to sufferers of angina because of its ability to generate nitric oxide.

Some studies have even produced results suggesting that nitric oxide can reduce the chances of heart disease and stroke. Further benefits to the heart include the reduction of plaque from arterial walls and its ability to fight cholesterol.

Nitric Oxide supplements can also boost the oxygen levels within your body, reduce blood pressure levels and keep your heart healthy and functioning optimally.


Immune System – The Immune cells within our body release Nitric Oxide to destroy bacteria, virus and other harmful foreign elements that can cause an infection.

The quality of blood cells in the bone marrow, the immunity-boosting cells and the muscle cells is enhanced when Nitric Oxide levels are optimal.

NO is also known to prevent tumour and cancerous growths within the body cells.


diet-tips-for-vegetarian-bodybuildersEndurance level – Nitric Oxide increases the endurance level of the muscle cells, enabling you to lift heavier load and perform strenuous activities.

Nitric Oxide widen the blood channels that lead to skeletal muscles.

The increase in blood flow means that more oxygen is delivered to the muscles while training, resulting in muscle growth and strength.

Nitric oxide will also reduce inflammation of the muscles and post-workout stress.

This is one of the major reasons why body builders consider Nitric Oxide supplementation extremely beneficial.


Increases Alertness – Nitric Oxide acts as an intracellular messenger between various cells in the body, including the nerve cells.

With adequate amount of NO present in the body, the communication between nerve cells is faster, leading to quick responses and an increase in focus and vigilance.


Increases Sexual Energy – One of the most popular benefits of Nitric Oxide is that it stimulates, invigorates and amplifies the sexual response mechanism within the body.

Sensory and mental stimulation causes the nerve cells to release nitric oxide.

This causes the penis muscles to relax, allowing blood to flow into the penis and create an erection.

The process remains the same for women too, as blood flow increases in their vaginal tissues.

Nitric Oxide is often called ‘natural viagra’ due to its help with loss of libido and lack of sexual energy.


Better Intra-cellular Communication – Nitric Oxide improves the process of communication between various cells in the body, including the nerve and the brain cells.

Nitric Oxide supplementation is therefore extremely beneficial for enhancing memory, learning abilities and concentration levels.

It also aids in treating various disorders especially insomnia and gastrointestinal ailments.


Emeds Comment

With its diverse list of health benefits, Nitric Oxide use should not be limited to body builders as its effects on cardiovascular health are ground breaking.

Nitric Oxide supplementation can help everyone, but it is especially beneficial for people over the age of 40.

The reason behind this is simple: when you are young, your muscles, body cells and tissues are also in their prime – quick and efficient at releasing and producing enough Nitric Oxide to carry out different bodily processes.

However, as you grow older, your muscles become weaker and the response mechanism of your nerve cells also drops.

It is then that you need Nitric Oxide supplements to boost your cellular activity, control your blood pressure and plaque formation, increase muscle mass, enhance strength and stamina, and improve your sexual performance.

Whatever health problems you may be suffering from – cardiovascular, neural, immune system related or gastrointestinal, there is a good chance that Nitric Oxide supplementation can help you.

The Nitric Factor provides all of the precursors for Nitric Oxide production within the body. To find out more about this Nitric Oxide supplement, click here to read the FREE E-BOOK.

Medlab NOS is a scientifically formulated food designed to optimise exercise performance, support energy expenditure and promote healthy blood circulation and tissue oxygenation.


3 Quick Tips to Boost Your Natural Nitric Oxide

1. Eat more foods that contain the amino acid arginine, from which NO is produced. This includes beans, soy, almonds, walnuts, oats, and cold-water fish as salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel.

2. Cut your intake of saturated fat. Just one meal high in saturated fat can temporarily cut endothelial function almost in half.

3. Exercise. The increased blood flow that occurs during exercise encourages the endothelium to make more NO.

Over the long term, if you exercise every day, your endothelial cells not only release more NO but also make more of the enzyme that converts arginine into NO.

Nitric Oxide and Your Genes

As we have already discussed, Nitric oxide plays an important role in maintaining vascular tone.

A deficiency in NO may predispose people to serious coronary vascular disorders, such as coronary spasm, angina pectoris and myocardial infarction.

Presence of a mutation in the eNOS gene results in decreased synthesis of nitric oxide and reduced availability.

Since coronary spasm, angina and myocardial  infarction are difficult to diagnose, screening for this eNOS mutation would enable early and appropriate treatment protocols and supplementation.

The Emed genetic profile tests for mutations of the eNOS gene, along with 39 other genes that could contribute to cardiovascular disease.

By understanding which particular genes are influencing your heart health you can target your treatment and medications.

Click here for more information on Emed Genetic Profile.


If you are on blood pressure medication, it is best to consult with your health care practitioner before you start supplementing with Nitric Oxide, as it may have an additive effect to the medication you are on and cause sudden drop of blood pressure.

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  • gh says:

    People with myalgic encephalomyeltis and/or multiple chemical sensitivity should not take nitric oxide supplements. These people have elevated peroxynitrite in the brain causing harm, and in the heart causing left ventricular dysfunction. Taking nitric oxide factors will increase levels of peroxynitrite for these people.

  • gh says:

    Pomegranate juice is very effective at blocking oxidation of nitric oxide to peroxynitrite. In people with elevated peroxynitrite it will increase nitric oxide and lower peroxynitrite.


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