What is it?<br />A gas<br />Created in the body by enzymes breaking down an amino acid called L-Arginine into the amino acid L-citruline.<br />
What does it do?<br />Nitric oxide is used in many bodily functions.<br />Blood vessel dilatation<br />Reducing blood pressure<br />Neurotransmission (communication) between cells.<br />Fighting pathogens<br />Helps the endocrine system<br />
What this means to bodybuilders<br />According to a study done at Baylor University a bodybuilder can expect:<br />No significant changes in body mass or composition<br />Significant changes in strength levels<br />During the 8 week study, it was shown those taking nitric oxide could bench an average of 13 lbs more on a 1 rep max then the placebo group.<br />While no body composition changes were shown in the 8 week study, the strength increase indicates that it is possible a 12-16 week study would have shown an increase in lean muscle mass for the non placebo group.<br />
Bodybuilders cont.<br />In older studies performed by Elam RP and Nagaya N. increased levels of arginine in the body showed:<br />Increases in strength and lean body mass<br />Enhanced recovery from chronic stress<br />Enhanced immune function<br />Significant increase in peak oxygen consumption<br />Coronary vessel vasodilatation (dilation of blood vessels)<br />
What the Supplement Companies tell you (taken from Muscletech’sNaNO Vapor)<br />None of these claims have been negated or proven. You decide for yourself.<br />Increases blood flow which “feeds” your muscles as you work out and helps to maximize workouts.<br />Rapid muscle “pumps” (muscles become engorged with blood while working out and pump creating a more cut defined look)<br />Amplified training intensity and explosive muscle strength gains.<br />A decrease in inflammation present in the body<br />To bodybuilders this means less pain due to subjecting your muscles to extreme stress by lifting.<br />
Dosage<br />There isn’t a standardized dosage and the recommended dosage ranges from 3-30 grams a day, the best method to determine what is good for you is the “tolerance and mapping” technique. You would just take a small dosage for aweek, note the benefits and the side effects, and then increase the dosage until the benefits are maximized and the side effects minimized.<br />
Common Side Effects<br />Nausea, <br />mild headaches<br />Cottonmouth<br />skin irritation<br />changes in heart beat while your nitric oxide levels are elevated.<br />
Works Cited<br />http://www.exrx.net/Nutrition/Supplements/NitricOxide.html<br />http://www.muscletech.com/products/nanovapor/index.shtml<br />www.Google.com/images<br />
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