Nitric Oxide (NO) is an important messenger that signals a variety of responses at the cellular level which are beneficial to circulatory, immune, and nervous system functions. Nitric oxide is produced by various body cells from the amino acid L-arginine through the enzymatic action of nitric oxide synthase (NOS).
NO has critical roles in regulating the function of organs and systems throughout the body. NO production plays a critical role in blood flow regulation. If it is produced abnormally, it can adversely affect blood flow, delivery of nutrients and oxygen, and other vascular functions.
L-Arginine is the principal substrate for the family of NOS enzymes that catalyze the biosynthesis of NO. Some of L-arginine’s benefits include support of immune response, ammonia detoxification, growth hormone secretion (during rest), improved exercise performance, wound healing, reduced platelet aggregation, and vasodilation (the dilation of blood vessels which decreases blood pressure). L-Arginine can be found in foods like turkey, chicken , pork, soybeans, peanuts and lentils.
L-Citrulline is a precursor to L-arginine that readily permeates the intestinal wall and enters the bloodstream. L-citrulline is processed by the kidney, where it is converted to L-arginine; and oral L-citrulline supplementation has been shown to increase plasma L-arginine availability for NO synthesis. Oral supplementation with L-arginine, L-citrulline, and/or antioxidants (vitamins C and E) can improve vasorelaxation, blood flow and maintenance of healthy tissue. L-Citruline can be found in foods such as watermelon, squash, cucumbers and pumpkin.
Quercetin is a major flavonoid naturally occurring in plants. Quercetin can enhance NO production. Quercetin can prevents imbalance associated with decreased intracellular NO levels. It can also be found in foods such as broccoli, kale, scallions, apples and berries.
Folic Acid can be used to decrease homocysteine levels which is important since elevated homocysteine may decrease the bioavailability of NO. Therefore, folate’s ability to reduce homocysteine may provide the added benefit of increasing NO levels through enhancing NO bioavailability. Folic acid can be found in foods such as broccoli, beans, nuts and seeds, asparagus, avocado and bananas.
Vitamins C and E Free-radical injury reduces NO availability, and antioxidants appear to preserve NO. In addition, healthy endothelial function is associated with low oxidative stress, particularly decreased superoxide production and reduced oxidized LDL , which, if elevated, can reduce endothelium-derived NO activity. Supplementing with both Vitamin C and E can be cardio-protective. Many citrus fruits as well as dark leafy vegetables such as are high in vitamin C and retain the most of this vitamin when eaten fresh or raw. Foods high in vitamin E also include dark leafy vegetables as well as berries, mango, kiwi, avocado and tomatoes.
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- Optimize Flow of Blood and Oxygen to Peripheral Tissues
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- Supports Healthy Dilation of Blood Vessels
- Supports the Healthy Flow of Blood and Oxygen to the Brain for Healthy Mood, Mind, and Memory
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Argi-Flow’s formula is based on the latest Nobel Prize-winning research on nitric oxide, a naturally occurring compound in the body. Nitric oxide is an important messenger that signals a variety of responses at the cellular level which are beneficial to circulatory, immune, and nervous system functions.