NO2 Nitric Oxide - Supplements To Help Pump Up Your Muscles
Also known as a
hemodilator, many say is very good along with creatine. The effect is said to
give you a pump feeling that lasts throughout the day. Marketing boasts that this
supplement can improve muscle growth as well as recovery time.
several brands to choose from and many hope that like creatine, NO will drop in
price as more people add this to their supplement program.
In further research
of this product, a vegetarian fitness expert who frequents a forum has this to
say about what the product essentially is and what it is used for.
term "Nitric Oxide Supplement" is a bit of a misnomer. You can't actually
ingest Nitric Oxide (NO) in any meaningful way; rather, products that fitness
and bodybuilding enthusiasts refer to as "NO Supplements" work by supplying
the raw materials for the body to produce NO. The primary active ingredient in
all Nitric Oxide (NO) supplements is the amino acid, L-Arginine. Nitric Oxide
and Citrulline are the two principal compounds produced when Nitric Oxide Synthase
acts upon L-Arginine in the endothelial cells of cardiac muscle, smooth muscle,
and other cell types. Among the many important cardiac functions attributed to
NO, the one of primary significance to bodybuilders is its vasodilatory function.
That is, Nitric Oxide dilates blood vessels, thereby increasing nutrient delivery
to (and waste removal from) the muscles.
Most users of this
product have found it aided in their fitness goals (lean, vascular, pumped, hard,
size gains, recovery etc) and enjoyed the results although expensive. One of the
individuals who offered information based on their experience using this product
found as the others that it was useful but found that his body did adjust to the
dose making him have to increase the dose slightly as time went on. I would say
this gives warrant to cycling the product to ensure effectiveness when in use.
individual expressed an incidence of lightheadedness for a few seconds and effects
similar to stimulants but these things will all depend on brand, dosage and other
supplements being taken so at this point I would hesitate to say this is a common
The bottom line to me seems that it has become mainly
popular due to the pump effect it gives to those who use it. People need to feel
the burn, feel the effects of weight training and this is another way to enhance
this as well as the appearance of being harder and more muscular. Studies have
yet to prove any concrete information of this supplement actually increasing muscle
growth or recovery but like other supplements, getting all the right study variables
done and doing so non biased is probably an impossibility.
In my opinion
unless you are adverse to or have any reason to avoid stimulant type supplements
then you can go ahead and try it out for yourself to see if it gives you the desired
results but those who may not feel comfortable with the rush feeling and possible
side effect as mentioned above, rare or not, you may want to sit this out for
a bit and try it out at a later date. Something as simple as a B vitamin can give
you a flush result so do not think NO is bad or scary, its just like any other
supplement, you need to be well informed first.