What is Nitric Oxide (NO)?
Nitric oxide (nitrogen oxide, nitrogen monoxide) is a molecular, chemical compound with chemical formula of Oxygen. One of several oxides of nitrogen, it is a colorless gas under standard conditions. In mammals including humans, nitric oxide is an important cellular signaling molecule involved in many physiological and pathological processes.
Because of its importance in neuroscience, physiology, and immunology, nitric oxide was proclaimed “Molecule of the Year” in 1992. In Dec. 1998, the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was awarded to 3 scientists for discovering the role of nitric oxide as a cardiovascular signalling molecule: Dr. Robert F. Furchgott, PhD, Dr. Louis J. Ignarro, PhD, and Dr. Ferid Murad, MD, PhD.
The Benefits of Nitric Oxide
Below is Dr. Louis J. Ignarro, PhD, explaining the benefits of nitric oxide.
Adequate nitric oxide production is the first step in promoting healthy cardiovascular function. At normal body concentrations nitric oxide is important for the proper functioning of all major body systems (cardiovascular, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems).
- Nitric oxide enhances blood flow by dilating blood vessels, dissolving arterial plaques, and aiding in tissue recovery and regeneration.
- Nitric oxide helps brain nerve cells to communicate with each other and is involved in their development and regeneration.
- Nitric oxide also plays an important role in the fight against invading bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
However, nitric oxide concentrations that are too low or too high can be detrimental to your health. It can result in a number of serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cognitive decline, chronic inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and many more.
Jiaogulan Linked to Nitric Oxide Production
Jiaogulan as the remarkable ability to both protect and stimulate the production of nitric oxide when your body doesn’t produce enough of it, or to limit its production when your body is producing too much. The regulatory effect of jiaogulan on nitric oxide production is crucial in maintaining good health through balance, especially with its adaptogenic properties.
Wikipedia: Nitric Oxide
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