Why is Nitric Oxide (NO) Important?
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Why would you care about what your nitric oxide (NO) levels are?
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world, and poor cardiovascular health is a risk factor for many serious conditions. NO promotes improved blood flow throughout the body and helps prevent red blood cells from sticking together which can create blockages.
The Missing Piece in Sexual Health
Beginning symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men can be an early sign of heart disease. NO levels need to be optimal in the body to successfully treat ED, yet most people have low levels and wouldn’t think to even test levels.
The prevalence of moderate Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in the United States appears to be about 20% in the total adult male population, 30%–50% in those aged over 40, and greater than 60% in men older than 70.
The saying goes that ‘Erectile Dysfunction is Endothelial Dysfunction’ where ED is explained by failings in the cardiovascular system. This is why nitric oxide (NO), a vital molecule in cardiovascular health, is essential in effectively tackling ED.
Coupled with this, many of the most popular traditional ED medications have been shown to be ineffective when NO levels in the body are not optimal.
Hormone levels are important, lubrication is important, but so is nitric oxide, which is important for blood flow. Sexuality relies on blood flow in women and improved blood flow helps out down “south”!
Female Sexual Arousal Disorder affects up to 70% of women with at least 25% of women unable to reach an orgasm. These incidences increase with age, however it does not have to be an inevitable symptom of aging. Sexual responsiveness in women requires adequate blood flow to the vagina and clitoris.
Nitric oxide is an important signaling molecule in healthy circulation and has a central role in female sexual response to arousal. NO acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain affecting the release of oxytocin which is central in the modulation of sexual behavior. Oxytocin is called the ‘Love Hormone’ or the ‘Cuddle Chemical’. Oxytocin increases nitric oxide production and levels are greatly increased after an orgasm.
Watch: T&C Expert Pharmacist John Herr, RPh., explains the use of Nitric Oxide to treat sexual dysfunction. Learn about how the NO testing strips work.
If you need to order nitric oxide (NO) supplements or would like an NO test strip, contact us.
There are many factors which affect your nitric oxide levels including age, stress, alcohol, diabetes and smoking. For both men and women, the enzyme dependent pathway for producing nitric oxide is reduced to 50% of its capacity by the time we are 40. It is therefore important to maintain NO levels through an alternative pathway which relies on nitrate intake from diet or supplementation to maintain adequate circulation.
Nitric Oxide Testing
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