Nitric oxide: what is it and why is it important for cardiovascular health?

 

 

 


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Maintaining good levels of nitric oxide, good food, quit smoking and sports are key elements in preventing chronic cardiovascular diseases. Nitric oxide protects the cardiovascular system against aging and maintains blood elasticity

A priori, you can think that gases are usually toxic and harmful to health. Carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide or nitrous oxide, for example, are just a few examples. However, there is one that the body produces naturally and is vital to care for the heart. Nitric oxide, also called “miraculous molecule”, has been investigated for decades by the American pharmacist, a member of the Herbalife Nutrition Consultant Council and Nobel Prize winner[1] of Physiology or Medicine in 1998 Louis J. Ignarro. Here he explains the benefits of this gas for the organism.

 

What is nitric oxide?
Nitric oxide is a molecule that the body produces to help its 50 billion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals all over the body. This gas is a biological regulator that protects the cardiovascular system from aging. Its function is, therefore, to maintain not only the health of the heart and blood vessels favoring blood elasticity, but also general health, well-being and healthy aging.

Helps prevent heart disease
Ignarro, during his research, discovered that this substance had many benefits for the human body. Some of them are that nitric oxide helps in the dilation of blood vessels, prevents cholesterol from attaching to the arteries and decreases blood pressure and the risk, therefore, of having diseases such as heart failure, arterial hypertension, excess cholesterol, myocardial infarction or chest angina. These conditions are the first cause of death in Spain, according to the latest data from the National Statistical Institute (INE) in 2020. Many times they have no obvious pain or symptoms, which adds to them a plus of danger, as they are not necessarily aware of them.

Therefore, maintaining and protecting cardiovascular health depends largely on nitric oxide. But how can you stimulate your production?

The power of proteins and arginine
When a nutritious meal is ingested, proteins are taken. By digesting them, the body is absorbing arginine, one of the 23 natural amino acids that make up proteins and which, being assimilated by the body and, in particular, by vascular endothelial cells, becomes nitric oxide. These cells coat the inner veins and arteries, and are the only cells in the blood vessels capable of producing nitric oxide. Therefore, it is essential to keep them healthy by following a healthy lifestyle.

Foods that generate nitric oxide
The ideal, according to Ignarro, is to ingest 3 g or more arginine. This component can be found in protein-rich foods that therefore favor the production of nitric oxide. Among them are vegetables such as celery, lettuce and spinach; fresh fish; nuts; meats; dairy; or soy.

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From 30, the amount of nitric oxide produced in the body begins to decrease. When developing heart conditions it is difficult to establish the origin or cause of these. This is because they influence, to a large extent, factors such as age, gender, medical history, stress, alcohol consumption, obesity or genetic heritage, as indicated by Samantha Clayton, Vice President of the Physical Sports and Performance area in Herbalife Nutrition, who adds that to maintain proper cardiovascular health it is important to stimulate the production of nitric oxide and lead a healthy lifestyle, limiting alcohol consumption and resting enough. To these tips, add others as:

Maintain a balanced diet
A good diet is key to preventing and controlling heart problems such as hypertension or cholesterol. To do this, it is necessary to consume fresh products, especially fruits and vegetables; and high quality protein, avoiding to the extent possible saturated fats. It is also important to consume Omega 3, as it reduces inflammation, and controls the blood glucose level. The latter is because this type of heart disease is responsible for 80% of deaths in people with diabetes, according to the data of the American Diabetes Association.

Practice sport several times a week
Staying physically active helps reduce the risk of heart disease, so it is essential to include some sport throughout the week. The specialists recommend half an hour of physical activity five times a week. Physical activity is positive because exercising the body improves heart function, strengthens muscles and improves joint mobility. Sport also increases the production of nitric oxide.

Stop smoking
Smokers, according to the National Heart Foundation, have three times more risk of cardiovascular disease than the rest of the population. On the other hand, leaving this habit has very positive consequences in the short and medium term, as two years after the risk of a coronary disease has been reduced dramatically, and at fifteen years the risk of a cardiovascular accident is similar to that of a non-smoking person.

Stimulating and promoting the production of nitric oxide, through food and a healthy lifestyle, is helping to protect cardiovascular health.

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[1] The Nobel Foundation has no affiliation with Herbalife and does not criticize, approve or promote Herbalife Nutrition products.

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