Nitric Oxide has fast become one of the most popular supplements on the market, and for obvious reasons. The pump and results you get are seen and felt immediately! Here is some background information about NO and some key points to think about when purchasing and using this supplement.
NO is a gas, formed from nitrogen and oxygen. It serves as a signaling molecule that causes dilation of blood vessels known as hemodilation. Although NO is one of the simplest biological molecules in nature, it has found its way into nearly every phase of biology and medicine; ranging from its role as a vital organic regulator of blood flow and clotting, to a chief neurotransmitter controlling erectile function. These major discoveries have sparked intense and extensive research into a vast array of fields including chemistry, molecular biology, gene therapy, and of course, bodybuilding.
NO is made from the amino acid l-arginine, NO is a highly reactive gas that is easily dissolved and dispersed through cell membranes and is often used as a biological switch or signal.
The idea behind the new NO supporting supplements is to use l-arginine, arginine alpha keto-glutarate (A-AKG) and arginine keto isocaproate (A-KIC) to increase the production of NO to bring a greater influx of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, causing a better pump and increased recovery and growth.
Effects on Building Muscle
The amino acid l-arginine is well known by bodybuilders to be one of the building blocks of protein, and is what the cells use to make nitric oxide. Studies have found that arginine supplements can boost nitric oxide production. Some have also suggested that the supplements can improve the function of blood vessels, enhance coronary blood flow, lower blood pressure, and even reduce angina or other symptoms in people with heart and/or vascular disease.
What to know before you buy
The fact that nitric oxide increases blood flow is of major interest to you as a bodybuilder, because increased blood flow will deliver more nutrients to your muscles, thus helping them become larger when subjected to training. training.
The fact that NO acts to reduce inflammation also makes it of interest as it has the potential to reduce the pain associated with subjecting muscles to training. This is all very exciting stuff and the news is now pretty well known in the bodybuilding community.
The result is that now you can open any national bodybuilding magazine and see several, (dozen) NO advertisements all promising massive gains in lean muscle mass, extensive pumps, muscle growth, speeding recovery, and increased strength. Also, promising to give you the power to transform your body in ways you could not even imagine before. You’ll also hear things like “it’s not a supplement” or “it is (or it isn’t) a prohormone” whatever the psychobabble- the marketers are placing it in a new category that has the experts calling it the largest breakthrough in bodybuilding supplementation history.