Nitric Oxide And Muscle Building

Nitric Oxide And Muscle BuildingWhat Is Nitric Oxide?

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.  To produce this gas, enzymes in the body break down the amino acid L-arginine.  Nitric Oxide is a molecule consisting of one atom of nitrogen and one atom of oxygen.  The production of Nitric Oxide occurs when the amino acid L-arginine is converted into L-citruline through an enzyme group known as Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS).

Nitric Oxide And Strength Gains:

As a vasodilator, nitric oxide helps move oxygen into your muscles when they need it most, sparking powerful muscle growth, strength gains and ripped pumps.  Nitric oxide supplementation may naturally enhance sexual performance, as increased oxygen flow occurs all over the body as a result of vasodilation.  Finally, good levels of nitric oxide have been found to promote immune response and wound healing.

In other words, even the low doses of nitric oxide that your body naturally produces have great impacts on your overall health, from muscular growth to healthy blood flow.

Benefits of Nitric Oxide:

  • Blood Circulation – 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.  Nitric Oxide supplements can also boost the oxygen levels within your body, reduce blood pressure levels and keep your heart healthy and functioning optimally.
  • Endurance level – Nitric Oxide increases the endurance level of the muscle cells, enabling you to lift heavier load and perform strenuous activities with ease.  This is again 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
  • Increases Muscle Mass – Nitric Oxide supplements widen the blood channels that lead to skeletal muscles, allowing for better blood flow and an increase in the lean muscle mass.  With an increase in blood flow, the amount of nutrients available for the muscles is more, which again contributes toward increasing their size.

Nitric oxide may have side effects such as reduced oxygen in your body’s tissue.  You may also experience low blood-pressure or headaches.  High levels of nitric oxide may also negatively effect your breathing, kidney function and metabolism.  You should speak with your doctor before incorporating any sort of nitric oxide supplements into your workout routine.

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