Nitric Oxide and Why it is Good
So, you have decided to up your game and see even better results from your workouts. Or, maybe, you have reached a point where you are no longer seeing gains, and want to find a way to break that plateau. But it can also be that you are trying to find a way to just be healthier and able to function and think more efficiently. Would you be surprised if I told you that you can kill two birds with one stone? Not to get too technical, this seems more like a flock to me, but you get my point.
It does sound like a joke, but, believe me - I have never been more serious. The answer that I promised is Nitric Oxide. Let’s dive in and see why this guy can bring us the world of change.
First of all, I have to get some things out of the way, because there are people (most of my clients, to be honest) who think that a supplement is a thing you buy from a shady guy in an alley behind the gym, that can turn you into a monster, but somehow also make your hair fall off. Let me reassure you, we already have nitric oxide in our bodies, as our cells naturally produce it. It is roaming through our blood vessels and playing a couple of important roles in our daily lives.
Many people don’t know this, but nitric oxide is a part (and an important one) of our immune system. Those tiny cells are in the trenches, fighting bacteria as we speak, helping us function normally.
The benefits don’t stop there. Remember how I told you that nitric oxide is our blood vessels? Well it is there for a reason. I don’t want to get too sciency, but try to imagine your body as a mountain range. It is snowy, and it is difficult for the truck with supplies to get to the villagers. What you need in this case is a snowplow. The road would be a blood vessel, the supply lorry is O2, and the villagers are cells in our muscles and organs. And the plow, you guessed it right, is the nitric oxide. It is what allows for better oxygen transport to the working cells. The more oxygen, the more of the other good stuff we get into the cell. The more nutrients it has, the better it functions.
And it works for our muscles and our brain alike. In both cases, we improve the blood flow, and promote better transport of oxygen and previously mentioned “good stuff”. And you don’t have to take my word for it, either. There is a solid body of evidence showing a very significant increase in muscle power output (as high as 16% in the course of 6 weeks) and muscle endurance (even higher – around 19%) in subjects that were given NO supplements throughout the course of the studies, as opposed those who were given placebo.
Did I get your attention? I hope so. I don’t recommend too many supplements, and I am not a proponent of loading your body with junk just because of the guy (or a girl) on the bottle. But this time, I am jumping on the NO bandwagon. OptiNOs® has been clinically proven to increase the production of nitric oxide. There is no way around it, there are no empty promises like most NO Boosters. Also, the mTOR signaling technology increases the body’s adaptive response and enable higher protein synthesis, so your muscle gains won’t suffer in the process. Give it a try and prepare to be amazed.
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