The beneficial effects of Nitric Oxide on the cardiovascular system.
Everyone is familiar with the use of nitroglycerine in the treatment of angina; either as the small pill placed under the tongue or the more recent sprays to be sprayed in the mouth and then swallowed. The use of these nitro type supplements for heart ailments has been used by Chinese medicine for at least a thousand years. Nitro was introduced in the British Pharmacopedia as a treatment for high blood pressure and angina in the late 1800’s. We now know that nitro works by being converted to Nitric Oxide (NO). Nitric Oxide is a multi-purpose molecule that exerts a number of effects on the workings of the body.
- Prevents clots (anti-platelet)
- Helps prevent arterial plaque (reduces LDL oxidation)
- Lower blood pressure by acting as a vasodilator (increases blood flow)
- Improves oxygen delivery to organs and extremities (by vasodilation)
- Helps prevent strokes and heart attacks by these mechanisms
- Acts as an anti inflammatory antioxidant
- Acts as a natural diuretic
- Protects the gastric mucosa under times of stress (prevents stomach ulcers)
Is it any wonder that a Nobel Prize was awarded for the work on Nitric Oxide?
Where does Nitric Oxide (NO) come from naturally? NO is an extremely short lived molecule that is formed from nitrates and nitrites. Vegetables as a group contain nitrates and nitrites, the highest concentration being found in such things as spinach, kale, cabbage, bok choy, beet root, collard greens and leeks. This is now thought to be the reason why diets high in vegetables and fruits such as the Mediterranean type diet, traditional Japanese and Chinese diets and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) are of benefit.
Bottom line increase your intake of the beneficial vegetables discusses above. Remember 8 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruits daily are of great benefit in improving cardiovascular health.
Some of the most effective supplements for cardiovascular disease (including ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and Coenzyme Q10) are now available with potassium nitrate which gets converted to Nitric Oxide (NO) .
Because of the vasodilation (opening up of blood vessels thus increasing circulation) effects of nitric oxide, we will be providing you with a capsule containing potassium nitrate prior to chelation Rx. This should allow for improved access of the chelation solution to areas that may have restriction due to arterial plaque.
There is more information available on Nitric Oxide in our literature resources.