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    There is a product called Nitrous Oxide sold in health stores that is supposed to dilate your blood vessels to allow more blood to reach your muscles during a workout. What would the advantages/disadvantages to this? Does it sound healthy to take on a regular basis?


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    Quote Originally Posted by salukigirl
    There is a product called Nitrous Oxide sold in health stores that is supposed to dilate your blood vessels to allow more blood to reach your muscles during a workout. What would the advantages/disadvantages to this? Does it sound healthy to take on a regular basis?
    You're talking about Nitric Oxide, Nitrous Oxide is laughing gas.

    NO is an important vasodilator used by your body, however high levels of it are toxic. More blood to your muscles I suppose could help more oxygen get there, but I'd worry about what it would do to your blood pressure. I'm not a doctor, but I wouldn't recommend it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitric_...ical_marketing

    According to wiki, there are no studies supporting it being effective.
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    Yeah, sorry. The product itself just says NO lol. I am always skeptical of things that are supposed to do what your body does naturally but I guess we'll see how it effects me in a week or so. Thanks for the reply.
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    L-arginine supplements significantly boost the body's natural production of Nitric Oxide and as i_feel_tiredsleepy said, are vasodilators (hemodilators).

    So blood pressure is controlled in part by contraction and dilation of smooth muscle surrounding the artery. A vasodilator opens up the artery, so you have the same blood volume, in a larger space. L-arginine keto-gluterate supplementation can cause rapid systolic and diastolic blood pressure drops. While it is normal for systolic blood pressure to fluctuate during excercise, diastolic should not. Cardiovascular damage becomes a risk. Too much blood flow to the brain can cause damage, so vascular flow in this area is constricted, competing with the supplement's indiscriminate dilation. Nitric Oxide also causes neuroinflammation and has been linked to brain damage, similar to Alzheimers disease.

    Don't worry about getting more oxygen to your muscles. If you participate in more anaerobic excercise and increase your Lactate threshold you will utilize alternative fuels.
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    As kukri said, NO can be toxic.
    It is manufactured inside the body at the site where it is needed. There are drugs that can enhance this. However, that should be at a doctor's prescription. Self medication is not smart.

    The nitric oxide itself is a gas and is poisonous. As such, I doubt anyone would sell it for ingestion. More likely some quack medicine that claims to increase NO at the site it is needed. The claim to be taken with a pinch of salt.
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    Nitrates which allow availability of NO in the vascular bed are prescription drugs which you can only get from your doctor.

    It is not to be played around lightly.
    NO or nitrates have no effect in prolonging life when used in cardiovascular/angina/post MI patients. They are used for symptomatic relief of chest pain and similar conditions only. However they are only useful in the extremely short term. Your body becomes tolerant/refractory to it after 24hours if used excessively.

    also NO is Nitric oxide which has this therapeutic effect
    N2O is NITROUS oxide which is used in anaesthesia and is often known as laughing gas; this should not be used for this effect.
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    Yeah, I realized that I accidentally typed nitrous oxide and already made that correction. It's just something sold at GNC which is a powder that you mix in with a bottle of water just like the Propel or Crystal Light packets. I am skeptical of it and figured that it probably has some sort of negative effects if used long term.

    thanks for all the replies.
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    When you excersize regularly, your body will make new capillaries to be able to supply the muscles with more oxygen.

    If you take a pill that undermines this process and make exercising not increase muscular endurance, it may even decrease it depending.
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    NO2 supplements are a scam. Most of the so-called "studies" with finds of unprecedented vasodilation conducted on it are faulty; because oral arginine only has 70% bioavailability, and up to 50% of this can be broken down to ornithine, using powder is impractical for research. This is why arginine is usually infused directly into the blood via peripheral IV for scientific studies, and even then, an impractical dose of 30 grams of this amino acid is common. Any vasodilatory effect from them can be attributed to mere insulin secretion and/or placebo.
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