There are hundreds of muscle building supplements on the market that claim many things, some are true and some are extreme exaggerations. The hottest supplement on the market now is nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is produced naturally in the body and is needed for most bodily functions. The problem as with most other things the body produces is that, as you get older, your body doesn’t produce as much as you need.
Nitric oxide is a gas that was discovered by 3 researchers that were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in the discovery of the gas. There have been many studies that have shown what it does and the medical benefits of supplementing nitric oxide, as you get older.
Dr. Saunders at the University of Maryland says, “Nitric oxide is a substance that helps keep out blood vessels open” which helps lower blood pressure. Web MD and even Minnesota’s famous Mayo clinic have articles about increased blood flow reversing heart disease, reducing clotting and helping with erectile dysfunction.
Also tests show nitric oxide curing cancer in dogs by boosting killer T-cells. Nitric oxide studies have also shown that it aids in transmission of messages between nerve cells and the brain helping memory, sleeping and learning. Nitric oxide has been shown as well to kill bacteria and viral infections, as well as help with pain and arthritis.
Aside from the medical benefits, the increase in blood flow has implications for the exercising and bodybuilding community.
Using nitric oxide has shown to increase gains of lean muscle mass as well as increase endurance in exercise, especially as you grow older. Since is helps with the reduction of inflammation, nitric oxide also helps muscle tissue recover faster after a hard workout and lessen the pain.
There are some side effects you need to watch out for. If you take too high of doses, generally over 6 grams per day, you can cause cramping, diarrhea and weakness. Start with lower doses and find out what works good for your body. Most of the studies are using 5 gram doses. For better absorption you should also not take with high glycemic foods and drinks.
If you want to give it a try, there are many places in the Twin Cities to get it. Wal-Mart carries Body Fortress brand, Target carries Six Star brand, and GNC carries many top name brands with different combinations of other supplements to check out.