Nitric oxide (NO) is produced by the healthy endothelial cells that line the interior of blood vessels. The discovery of nitric oxide’s function in the body is likely one of the most significant finds in the history of cardiovascular medicine. In 1998 three Americans (Robert F. Furchgott, PhD, Louis J. Ignarro, PhD, and Ferid Murad, MD, PhD) received the Nobel Prize for their discoveries relating to nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.
Nitric oxide (NO) is essentially a signaling molecule that helps control a range of processes in the body, including nerve signaling, immune functions, and muscle growth. It also controls dilation of blood vessels which in turn leads to increased blood flow, oxygen transport, delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle and a reduction in blood pressure.
Raise Your MetabolismControlling muscle growth and enhancing the blood flow to muscles during exercise are of special concern to those of you wanting to increase your lean muscle mass. As you know, muscles use energy even when at rest. A pound of lean muscle mass uses 30 to 50 Calories a day just because it exists. If you use your muscles, they burn even more. Building lean muscle mass is how you raise your metabolism over the long term.
And, your overall metabolism burns the calories you take in from food. The higher your metabolism, the less work you have to do to manage your weight.
The widening (dilation) of your arteries helps bring more blood and nutrients to your muscles during exercise. Athletes call this “the pump” because your muscles feel fuller, bigger during and after exercise. Increased blood flow helps you exercise harder and longer. And, the result is bigger muscle gains. Increased nitric oxide helps in the repair and growth processes for new lean muscle tissue. This is just what you want.
Dr. Louis Ignarro’s Interview on Nitric Oxide part 1
Louis J. Ignarro is a PhD pharmacologist who has spent over 40 years as a research scientist. In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his research into Nitric Oxide. In this extensive interview Dr. Ignarro talks about the many benefits of nitric oxide including cardiovascular health, cholesterol reduction, enhanced learning, improved immune function, enhanced muscle building, lowering high blood pressure, and more.
Dr. Ignarros’ Nitric Oxide Enhancing Formula
Dr. Ignarro works with Herbalife to advance heart health around the world. He helped develop the following supplement that will help your body produce more nitric oxide. Because nitric oxide breaks down quickly when taken orally, this supplement contains the natural ingredients your body need to make nitric oxide naturally.
- Includes the amino acids L-Arginine and L-Citrulline to promote Nitric-Oxide production.
- Vitamin C, vitamin E and alpha-lipoic acid provide antioxidant support. According to the FDA, "Consumption of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer."
- Supports circulatory vessel dilation and elasticity.
- Lemon balm helps soothe and relax the body.