L-Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid which is a precursor to nitric oxide, meaning that the body converts L-Arginine into Nitric Oxide gas.
Nitric Oxide is then used by the body to do many different things. In fact, the discovery of the Nitric Oxide Pathway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998.
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In 1998, three American doctors were able to demonstrate that the body uses Nitric Oxide gas to make blood vessels relax, elastic and dilated, a significant finding in the race to find new ways to improve and support cardiovascular health.
What Is Nitric Oxide?
Over 20,000 articles in the medical literature since 1980 attest that “absolutely everything in the body depends on it.” Its function in human physiology is so important that the American Academy of Science named Nitric Oxide the “Molecule of the year” in 1992.
The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to scientists who began the research on Nitric Oxide in 1998 and now NO has been referred to as “The Molecule of the Millennium.”
“It [Nitric Oxide] does everything, everywhere. You cannot name a major cellular response or physiological effect in which [Nitric Oxide] is not implicated today. It’s involved in complex behavioral changes in the brain, airway relaxation, beating of the heart, dilation of blood vessels, regulation of intestinal movement, function of blood cells, the immune system, even how fingers and arms move.” -Dr. Jonathan S. Stamler, Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
There are three types of Nitric Oxide (NO):
- Endothelial-derived NO
- Brain-Derived NO
- Macrophage-Derived NO
Endothelial-derived NO diffuses out of endothelial cells (cells lining arteries and veins) and into smooth muscle cells of arteries enhancing relaxation and other properties of vascular physiology. Endothelial-derived NO also functions in platelets (blood cells responsible for blood clots) to inhibit aggregation or blood clotting.
Brain-derived NO affects several types of nerve cells and appears to be important in neurotransmitter pathways in both the central as well as peripheral nervous system and regulates the production and release of many hormones.
Macrophage-derived NO is important in the immune system. This type of NO supports and strengthens macrophages, a type of immune cell.
So, NO is important to the nervous system, the immune system, and the vascular system, which supplies nutrients to all parts of the body. L-Arginine, when combined with Oxygen, forms NO. L-Arginine, is a great all natural source of all forms of NO.
What Does Nitric Oxide Do For Blood Vessels?
In a healthy endothelium, Nitric Oxide:
- Keeps vessels pliable and elastic
- Keeps blood flowing smoothly
- Supports healthy circulation
- Enhances energy and vitality
- Speeds muscle recovery
- Supports antioxidant activity in cells
- Increases oxygen utilization and availability
- Slows plaque growth and suppresses atherosclerosis
- Enhances sexual performance
Nitric Oxide has a positive effect on virtually every organ and system in the body. Nitric Oxide has a very powerful impact on boosting the immune system and supporting cardiovascular health.
The primary function of EDNO is vascular homeostasis, or balance. NO maintains vascular health by enhancing endothelial reactivity.
The endothelium is the inner lining of the blood vessels and as long as the endothelium remains reactive, they are supple, pliable and flexible.
They are able to respond appropriately to the various changes that occur in blood vessels in the course of normal and abnormal physiology.
What Is The Endothelium?
All blood vessels are lined with a coat of endothelial cells. The blood vessels in you skin, brain, heart, and all of your organs are lined with this film of tissue.
Only one cell layer thick, the endothelium seems almost immaterial, so thin that it cannot be seen by the naked eye. It could even be considered the largest organ in the body.
Because this almost invisible veil lines all blood vessels, and because the body is comprised of about 100,000 miles of blood vessels, the endothelium has the surface area of eight tennis courts.
In fact, if all of the endothelial cells in the body were lumped together, they would weigh as much as the liver.
The endothelium as a selective filter, allowing some things in and some things out. It also exerts tremendous control over blood flow and serves as an interface between blood and the vessel wall.
This delicate tissue is a dynamic factory, producing a myriad of substances that maintain vessel health. Nitric Oxide is unique in its ability to support endothelial health.
How do I get more Nitric Oxide?
The challenge is that you cannot supplement Nitric Oxide and your body cannot store it. It must be derived from your diet. However, you can supplement L-Arginine from which the body derives Nitric Oxide.
Cardio Cocktail is the world's leading liquid L-Arginine supplement. Being a liquid makes the L-Arginine readily available to your body, the second it hits your lips.
Drinking an ounce or two of Cardio Cocktail everyday gives your body plenty of Arginine to convert into NO. Combine that with all the other essential nutrients and your understand why Cardio Cocktail is in such demand.
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