Nitric Oxide: Why You Should Go With The Flow

Nitric oxide (NO) is a naturally occurring gas that is known as a vasodilator, meaning it helps open blood vessels and increases blood flow to your muscles. (For the record, nitric oxide has nothing to do with nitrous oxide, which is better known as laughing gas.) Boosting your body’s production of nitric oxide can, theoretically, lead to a better pump in the gym and faster recovery after your workout.  

A recent study in the journal Nutrition looked at the possibility of nitric oxide-promoting supplements leading to increased muscle mass. The researchers concluded that while there is not currently enough research to declare that NO supplements increase hypertrophy, the theoretical basis is so sound that it merits further study. Here are a few things that have been proven about NO supplements. 

Since it’s impossible to ingest nitric oxide itself, most NO supplements supply the materials your body needs to boost its own production. One exciting new entrant to this category is a formulation called S7(link to blend?). Made of seven natural plant-based ingredients, just 50 mg of S7 has been clinically shown to increase nitric oxide levels by up to 230 percent. Research shows that S7 elevates NO levels for three hours, long enough to provide an extra boost to your training and enhance post-workout recovery. 

 

Mike Carlson

Mike Carlson

Medical Science/Health Writer and Editor - http://bit.ly/3anof4K

Mike Carlson is a freelance health and fitness writer and a lifelong Southern Californian. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles what feels like a long time ago, and has been a full-time editor for Los Angeles Magazine, Men’s Fitness, and the UFC, as well as a copy writer for various nutritional supplement companies. As a health reporter, he’s crafted features for the American Optometric Association, Stanford Health Care, the National Hemophilia Foundation and USA Today. Mike spends most of his free time applying sunscreen, but between slatherings he coaches soccer, competes in various endurance races and loves to explore the culinary and outdoor majesty of his home state. Current obsessions include the Los Angeles Dodgers, kombucha and distilling bourbon at home. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and a bulldog named Frankie.