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More Muscles With Nitric Oxide Therapy
Posted by Dr Gonzalez MD on Oct 24, 2012
Nitric Oxide (or NO) is a natural gas produced in the body by enzymes that break down the amino acid arginine. Therefore, supplements that are are labeled to contain nitric oxide are, in fact, based on arginine. Nitric oxide helps control the blood circulation and regulate the activity of major organs such as the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys and is also an important substance for muscles. Nitric oxide influences the release of hormones and adrenaline and improves the oxygen in the muscle tissues, leading to faster recovery, more energy and muscle pump. Recent studies have shown that nitric oxide therapy is very effective for increased muscle mass, cardiovascular health and erectile dysfunction and more.
Muscles grow faster when the blood flow is increased
According to a study published in the October 2012 issue of “The Journal of Physiology”, supplementation with nitric oxide improves blood flow and vascular conductance in the skeletal muscles thus enhancing oxygen delivery to the muscles during exercise, while reducing the systemic blood pressure. This study was conducted in young animals (rats) which received nitric oxide supplements from beetroot juice.
More reasons to use nitric oxide
Beside improving the muscles blood flow, nitric oxide possesses additional qualities that help bodybuilders enhance their muscle volume. Muscles need some rest after an intense workout. However, if nitric oxide is taken after workouts, it will help the muscles to recover faster between sessions because it encourages the smooth muscles to relax better and receive more oxygen. Faster recovery translates into more training sessions and a quicker increase in muscle volume.
Nitric oxide also boosts the level of energy by reducing the feeling of fatigue which can reduce the number or the duration of training sessions. During heavy lifting exercises, the body has a reduced level of oxygen which leads to lactic acid build-up in the muscles tissue leading to fatigue. Thanks to this supplement, the levels of oxygen is increased and thus the production of lactic acid is decreased with a subsequent increase in energy levels.
Supplementation with nitric oxide also improves endurance, by increasing oxygen and energy levels. Nitric oxide also optimizes the body’s core temperature which fluctuates, becoming significantly raised during a workout, followed by cooling down period after a workout.
The muscles contour and shape will be more evident when you reduce body fat, and nitric oxide can help lose that extra fat as well. According to a study published in “American Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism” the amino acid L-arginine (precursor of nitric oxide) can help regulate the glucose metabolism during workout. During this study, those subjects who took L-arginine had significantly higher glucose rate of appearance, glucose rate of disappearance, and glucose clearance rate, meaning that these individual’s muscles were taking up (and utilizing ) the glucose faster during exercise and possibly burning the fat faster compared with those who did not use supplementation with L-arginine.
Arginine is naturally found in foods such as spinach, sesame seeds, seafood (especially crab and shrimp), meats and poultry (particularly white meat turkey). It is also available as a supplement, in tablet or powder forms, as well as in shakes marketed for athletes.
Talk to a healthcare professional to learn more about how you can use this supplement not only for increased muscle mass but for many other health concerns.
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