Most everyone by now knows that increasing Nitric Oxide (NO) levels in the body means a bigger PUMP in the gym, awesome veins, and great gym selfies, right?
Now that the important FACTS are covered let’s take a look at what NO actually is and how it improves performance and body composition.
Nitric Oxide is a gas naturally produced in the body by enzymes in a process known as nitric oxide syntheses involving the breakdown of the acid arginine. Inside the blood vessel walls, this gas signals the increase of blood flow and dilation of the vascular system. This added blood flow and widened blood vessels increases nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to the muscle cells.
The signaling of Nitric Oxide syntheses can come from a few different pathways. Exercise, especially resistance training will increase NO levels in the body. Consuming protein-rich food also increases NO levels in the blood as the amino acids are broken down and delivered to working tissues for energy. Supplements containing NO precursors like Titan’s PUMP can be timed around your resistance training to increase circulating levels of Nitric Oxide and boost performance. While most weightlifters, bodybuilders, and gym enthusiasts want the visible vasodilation or “pump” and performance benefits from increased NO there are also several lesser-known but equally charitable qualities to your health and wellbeing.
Here are just a few cellular functions increased Nitric Oxide levels can assist in:
- Improved memory and information delivery.
- Fights off bad bacteria aiding the immune system.
- Improves sleep quality.
- Decreases inflammation.
- Enhanced olfactory sense (smell). You can decide if that is a benefit or not!
The next time you’re training and enjoying the tension and volume PUMP is pushing into your biceps, remind yourself what a benefit you’re also doing for your health, because that’s why you now want to blow your NO levels through the roof!