What is Nitric Oxide (NO)
Nitric Oxide is a messenger gas molecule found naturally in your body. When you are young there is lots of it. As we age it decreases.
What does Nitric Oxide Do?
Nitric oxide’s (NO) main function in the body is in controlling blood pressure by dilating blood vessels. It does this by relaxing the smooth muscles in the arteries, allowing for increased blood flow throughout the body. This in turn increases the efficiency at which nutrients and molecules can travel to your organs like your kidneys and to your brain as well of course to your heart. As a result nitric oxide plays a role in preventing heart disease.
Heart attacks occur either from blood not being able to properly circulate through the coronary arteries of the heart – in this case the heart suffers from a lack of oxygen – or from blood clots forming in these arteries, which leads to stroke and inflammation. Clotting in this fashion promotes the condition called atherosclerosis, hardening of the artery wall due to plaques comprised of cholesterol and lipids.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to statistics from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 785,000 Americans have their first heart attack. The disease costs the United States $316.4 billion per year.
Some cases of heart disease are considered the natural result of aging , but other risk factors include a history of high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, and/or a family history of the disease.
This from the Mayo Research Clinic
“If you look at any risk factor for cardiovascular disease – the standard risk factors like high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, aging – all of these have been associated with loss of nitric oxide in the endothelium (the linings of blood vessels), a condition known as endothelial dysfunction.”
-Zvonimir S. Katusic, M.D., Ph.D., senior author and professor at the Mayo Clinic, “Endothelial Nitric Oxide Modulates Expression and Processing of Amyloid Precursor Protein,” Circulation Research published online ahead of print Dec. 2, 2010.-
Nitric oxide can play a key role in preventing the disease, but unfortunately it’s activity declines with age resulting in the build up of plaque on the artery walls causing the endothelial cells to lose their ability to produce NO. Ingesting substances high in nitrates and nitrites can help you to increase nitric oxide in the body (despite a lack of endothelial derived NO) and helps fight heart disease in a variety of ways:
1. Dilate the arteries: Dilating the arteries allows more blood, more oxygen, and more nutrients to reach the heart muscle.
2. Prevents clotting: Nitric oxide has been shown to have the ability to prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together and from sticking to the artery walls.
3. Reduce arterial plaque: Nitric oxide has also been shown in studies to reduce already formed arterial plaque.
In the same way that nitric oxide helps fight heart disease, it also helps to reduce high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure is Rampant
According to the American Heart Association, about 65 million Americans age 20 and older have high blood pressure. High blood pressure occurs when the blood vessels become too narrow to properly pump blood to the heart. By relaxing the walls of the blood vessels, NO helps to allow smooth blood flow.
PRIME is a tradename for a product that has been designed by the scientists who first discovered Nitric oxide and is designed to reactivate nitric oxide and get it functiong as it did when you were in your “prime”. It is offered exclusively by Qivana and their representatives.
There is a little test strip available for you to measure the nitric oxide working in your body. When Prime is taken you can actually see the color change to indicate that NO is returning to life. which may do a lot of good things to prolong your life