CONTROL HEART DISEASE AND SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION WITH NITRIC OXIDE
There are many ways to slow aging or at least slow it down enough so that we can enjoy our journey through life as healthy people. Living longer is a dream mankind has held on to for many, many years and while we are slowly collecting information on the subject, at least we have made progress. One of the many ways that we age has to do with the diminishing production of nitric oxide in the blood as we get older. Nitric Oxide is a free form gas that is produced in the body and is used by the body to communicate with other cells in the body. Nitric oxide is developed in the body by the amino acid L-arginine. It has the ability of relaxing the walls of the arteries which widens them to allow more blood flow.
Daily exercise is an effective way to increase the amount of nitric oxide in your body and help lower your blood pressure. Nitric oxide (NO) is a substance your body produces that transmits signals in your body, allowing cells to communicate with each other and do their jobs efficiently. When you have enough nitric oxide, it can play a role in making sure your arteries don't clog up with plaque. Clogged arteries can lead to elevated blood pressure and the risk of heart disease or stroke. The best way to keep the flow open in your cardiovascular system is to keep your butt moving on a regular basis! By exercising for at least 30 minutes a day several times a week, you can increase your NO levels, shed some weight if you need to and treat your high blood pressure, all at the same time. Let’s see if I can break this down a little more so that you can understand what’s going on with this process.
To produce this gas, enzymes in the body break down the amino acid Arginine. The production of Nitric Oxide occurs when the amino acid L-arginine is converted into L-citrulline and nitric oxide by enzymes in the body. The citrulline that is produced is then converted back into arginine when more nitric oxide is needed. By widening the arteries and relaxing the artery wall, more blood can be delivered to ALL parts of the body. When you train or lift weights, your muscles need more oxygen which is supplied by the blood. As the heart pumps with more pressure to supply the muscles with blood, the lining in your arteries releases NO into the blood, which relaxes and widens the vessel wall, allowing for more blood to pass though. As we age, our blood vessels and nitric oxide system become less powerful due to free radical damage, inactivity and poor diet, causing our veins and arteries to deteriorate.
Another way to increase nitric oxide is through diet, most notably by consuming the amino acids L-arginine and L-citrulline. Arginine, which can be found in nuts, fruits, meats and dairy, directly creates nitric oxide and citrulline inside the cell. Now remember Citrulline is then recycled back into arginine, making even more nitric oxide. So it is important to eat right so that we can keep the cycle going and keep plenty of available nitric oxide circulating through our body. We can protect those enzymes and nitric oxide by consuming healthy foods and antioxidants like veggies, fruit, garlic, soy, vitamins C, vitamin E, Co-Q10, and Omega 3 fatty acids, allowing you to produce more nitric oxide. Avoiding disease such as heart disease or erectile dysfunction is simply a matter of eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercise over the course of the week. So quit making excuses and put the cookies down!
If you are looking to increase your nitric oxide through supplementation then you may want to look into taking L-arginine or L-citrillune daily. These amino acids can be taken with meals and are effective in increasing NO in the blood stream. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor as both of these supplements can have adverse effects on people taking certain medications. It appears that taking citrillune may be the more effective of the two amino acids as the amino acid citrillune is converted easily into usable arginine, even more so then arginine supplements themselves. A recent study found that 3.8 grams of oral arginine supplements raised arginine levels in the blood 97% over a 4 hour period while citrillune supplements raised it 227% with the same dose... WOW! This is a no-brainer. The supplements has been found to be even more effective and enhancing when used together but again that is something to be discussed between you and your healthcare provider.