Roland Mills, MScHN, BC-HHP

Integrative and Holistic Nutritionist

Boost Your Nitric Oxide Levels

Posted on July 30, 2012

Boost Your Nitric Oxide Levels With

L-Arginine, Right? It Depends!

Here’s Why Arginine Is Nearly Useless for People Over 40… Plus What MIT Researchers Say You Should Be Doing Instead.

 

You’ve probably heard about nitric oxide, the molecule that improves heart health, energy levels, and sexual performance.

But here’s something you probably haven’t heard: The popular advice on how to increase nitric oxide is dead wrong!

The most common advice is to take l-arginine to boost nitric oxide. But the fact is, it’s hard for your body to turn l-arginine into nitric oxide. Especially if you’re over 40. 

I’ll tell you more about this problem and how to solve it in a moment. But first, I’d like to tell you about some new findings on nitric oxide that will amaze you. 

The Miracle Molecule

As you may know, nitric oxide is a little gas molecule produced in our bodies.  It impacts the health of every cell, tissue, and organ.  In fact, it is so important that the scientists who discovered what it does for us won the Nobel Prize. 

And nitric oxide does a lot for us.  Hundreds of studies show that nitric oxide boosts circulation … supports a healthy heart … and improves our sex lives.

It supports a healthy heart and circulation.  It boosts brain power.  It reverses aging.  And it even improves sexual health.

These are all great benefits.  So great, that based on these alone I’d urge my clients to support healthy nitric oxide levels.  But nitric oxide does so much more than just support your circulatory system and improve your sex life.  New research shows that nitric oxide is also…

Nature’s Weapon Against “Senior Moments”

Do you ever forget where you parked your car? Walk into a room and suddenly draw a blank as to why you’re there? Forget someone’s name right after you meet them? Or worse, run into an old friend and stammer as you try to remember her name?

Well, here’s good news! Studies show that nitric oxide improves memory, slow response and confused thinking in three ways:

1) it helps store memories as they are created;
2) it helps retrieve memories later on; and
3) it helps brain cells send and receive signals more quickly.

Indeed, the brain-boosting effects of nitric oxide have been proven in before-and-after MRIs of the brain.  I’ll tell you more about those studies in a minute.  But first, let me tell you about another little-known benefit of nitric oxide:

Strengthens Your Bones from the Inside Out

Since nitric oxide gets a lot of press about improving heart health, you may be surprised to hear it’s good for your bones, too.  The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that proved nitric oxide helps build strong bones.

In the study, one group of women used a supplement to boost nitric oxide. Another group took a placebo. 

At the end of the study, researchers compared before and after scans to measure the change in bone density. They found that women who boosted their nitric oxide increased their bone density significantly.

In comparison, the women who took the placebo actually lost bone density in their hips. 

That means the women who boosted their nitric oxide level actually rebuilt some of the bone they had lost.  It also means the women who did not take the nitric oxide supplement actually raised their risk of having a debilitating hip fracture. 

When We Need Nitric Oxide The Most

As you can see, nitric oxide is vitally important to our health. That’s why it’s so important to maintain healthy nitric oxide levels as we grow older.

Unfortunately as we grow older, our bodies have more trouble making nitric oxide. In fact, Japanese researchers have found that by the time we reach our 70s or 80s, we produce and use a staggering 75% less nitric oxide than we did when we were in our 20s.  That means the years when you need nitric oxide the most are the years when you’re most likely to be deficient. 

With most deficiencies, you can simply take a supplement to bring your levels up.  But it’s not that easy with nitric oxide.  Let me explain…

Why You Can Take L-Arginine and Other
Nitric Oxide Boosters… and Still be Deficient

Most nitric oxide supplements use the amino acid l-arginine as the main ingredient.  But it turns out that l-arginine isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

What’s wrong with l-arginine?  All of the research and press indicated that it would help your nitric oxide levels soar.  Well, it may sound good on paper, but all over the country, doctors and patients alike are reporting that they just aren’t getting the results they hoped for.  This is especially true in older patients.  The older we get, the harder it is for our bodies to convert l-arginine into nitric oxide.

On top of that, l-arginine can cause side effects in some people.  People taking l-arginine supplements have complained of sour stomach and digestive discomfort.  But even with these limits, l-arginine isn’t the only obstacle to boosting nitric oxide with supplements.  The main obstacle was discovered in a lab at MIT.

MIT Researchers Accidentally Uncover
Hidden Flaw in Nitric Oxide Supplements

MIT researchers discovered that the most important part of producing nitric oxide takes place before you even swallow

That’s right — the lion’s share of nitric oxide is produced in your mouth, not in your stomach or intestines. It turns out that the saliva and beneficial bacteria in your mouth are necessary to create nitric oxide.

The longer nutrients are in your mouth, the more nitric oxide you produce. So if your food, drink, or supplements don’t have time to interact with the saliva and bacteria in your mouth, you can’t produce very much nitric oxide.

Well guess what?  Virtually all nitric oxide supplements come in pill, tablet or powder form.  Which means you swallow them and they go straight to your stomach. This bypasses the most important step in producing nitric oxide.  That’s why people taking those supplements have little hope of reversing their nitric oxide deficiency.

Fortunately, one of the world’s leading experts on nitric oxide, Dr. Nathan Bryan, developed a brilliant solution to this problem.  Dr. Bryan and his team developed a nitric oxide supplement unlike any other available on the market. 

How to Flood Your Body With Nitric Oxide… 
Thanks to MIT Breakthrough Research

Thanks to the MIT breakthrough research I mentioned above, it’s clear that these food must interact with the saliva and bacteria in your mouth.  It is the only way to produce enough nitric oxide to reverse the deficiency that happens as we grow older.

Boost Nitric Oxide and
Blood Flow in Your Brain

The main ingredients for boosting nitric oxide is a special blend juice or extracts from herbs and beets.  Why beets?  Because studies have proven that beets are one of the best natural ways to boost nitric oxide levels.

In fact, Wake Forest University scientists not only proved beets boosted nitric oxide, they actually saw the effects in the brains of people who drank beet juice.

How did that happen? First, scientists had people drink beet juice in the morning. Then they took blood samples and MRIs of their brains.  They compared the samples and MRIs to the ones they took when the same people didn’t drink beet juice. 

When they compared the results, the blood samples proved that beet juice increased nitric oxide levels.  And the MRIs showed that, just hours after drinking the beet juice, the brain was flooded with a steady flow of blood. 

And what was really exciting was where the blood flow increased.  It increased most in the areas that are associated with poor cognition as we get older.  So those areas received more oxygen and more nutrients than they would with lower nitric oxide levels.

More oxygen and nutrients help keep brain cells healthy, active and functioning properly.  And more healthy brain cells help you think clearer and respond faster, no matter what your age.

You may know hawthorn as a time-tested natural remedy for heart and circulation health.  Well, here’s an exciting new discovery about hawthorn: when it mixes with beets it creates nitric oxide

The Amino Acid That Boosts Nitric Oxide…
Without the Nasty Side Effects

Use l-citrulline instead of l-arginine.  As I explained earlier, we lose the ability to easily convert l-arginine into nitric oxide as we grow older. But that doesn’t happen with l-citrulline.  Older people convert l-citrulline into nitric oxide more easily.  And l-citrulline doesn’t cause nausea, diarrhea or digestive problems like l-arginine.

But what good will all that nitric oxide do if your body isn’t prepared to use it? 

How to Get the Most Out of the Fresh Surge of Nitric Oxide

These nutrients go beyond boosting nitric oxide.  They also contain ingredients that help your body make the most of the nitric oxide surge. 

  • Beet Juice (root) - raise nitric oxide levels (with saliva & bacteria)
  • Hawthorn Berry (tea: take with beet juice) - raise nitric oxide levels (with saliva & bacteria)
  • L-Citrulline - raise nitric oxide levels (alternative to L-Arginine)
  • Watermelon (or extract) - raise nitric oxide levels (with saliva & bacteria)
  • L-Arginine - raise nitric oxide levels (with saliva & bacteria)
  • Niacin - Niacin plays a crucial role in energy production, gene expression, and hormone synthesis. Niacin also improves endothelial function and nitric oxide synthase activity. (See my Blog on "Using Niacin for Cardiovascular Health")
  • Vitamin B12:  Vitamin B12 enhances the ability of cells to process nitric oxide.  It also keeps your brain and nerves healthy and working properly.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps make nitric oxide available to cells throughout your body.  It helps grow and repair tissues.  And it enhances calcium absorption for stronger bones.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium helps maintain a healthy heart rhythm.  It prevents calcium from building up in your arteries.  And it relaxes the muscles in your arteries so blood flows smoothly.

Eat Right for Your Life! and say YES to Better Health. Increase your nitric oxide levels naturally and enhance your life experience

To your health!

Roland

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