By Dr Joe
Ever since I posted the nitric oxide dump exercise routine video, I have had a number of questions.
Some of them include; what is nitric oxide dump, why do a nitric oxide dump (the benefits of nitric oxide), why call it ‘dump’ and what does the nitric oxide dump do.
So, you are in luck because I am going to answer these nitric oxide related questions here for you.
I will also tell you about the surge in sales of arginine and citrulline supplements as possible substitutes for viagra.
Oh yes, there’s a relationship between arginine, citrulline and nitric oxide. I’ll explain that…and even link up nitric oxide with the popular viagra pill.
Are arginine and citrulline supplements worth your money? Are they the silver bullet for erectile dysfunction?
Plus you get to know if dark chocolate does boost nitric oxide levels in the body too, right here. A lot to cover.
But before then, I should say a ‘Big Thank You’ to you folks for giving my nitric oxide dump exercise video a nice leg up on the You Tube platform. It’s 11 days since I posted the video and at the time of writing, the video has garnered over 250,000 views. Awesome!
The purists will say, what’s there to shout about? After all, there are videos with 5 million views and counting…
Well, a lot actually…
…because my channel is a relatively new one on the You Tube platform with a small subscriber base.
So, over a quarter of million views in 11 days for this video, is something I am certainly proud of. As I write, the momentum of the views has decelerated considerably but I enjoyed it whilst the momentum lasted. Thank you all.
If you’re not sure what I am talking about, the video will be embedded on this page on the relevant section. Don’t worry.
Okay, let’s get back on track and talk about the nitric oxide dump exercise routine.
What is Nitric oxide?
It sort of makes sense to talk about the molecule of nitric oxide first; before we dive into what nitric oxide dump is. What is nitric oxide?
Allow me to take you on short walk on Geek Street. Don’t worry. It’s not going to be long. But it’s essential to our understanding of the concept of the dump and it’s benefits.
The substance, Nitric oxide has come a long way. It’s formula is NO. It is a gas molecule. A colourless gas. It’s journey of discovery ended in 1992 when it got the title of ‘Molecule of the Year‘.
Through years of intense research Louis Ignarro and Ferid Murad finally uncovered this beautiful nitric oxide as a signalling molecule for the cardiovascular system.
For their efforts, they earned a Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1998 and well deserved too.
Inside the body, nitric oxide is a free radical. So, even though we always talk about getting rid of free radicals in the body, nitric oxide is one free radical you want to embrace and keep. For good.
Nitric oxide is a biologically active compound. It’s a mesenger molecule involved in a lot of biological processes in both mammals and plants. The main enzyme responsible for its synthesis is Nitric Oxide Synthase.
You need the amino acid Arginine, Oxygen and Nicotineamide Adenosine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NADP) in the presence of the nitric oxide synthase enzyme to make a molecule of nitric oxide.
That’s the link between arginine and nitric oxide. You need arginine to make nitric oxide.
This is probably the reason why some Nutraceutical companies have now developed arginine supplements. The premise is to boost nitric oxide production by making the amino acid arginine readily available in the body, but the results have been very disappointing.
High arginine levels in the body through supplemental arginine does not appear to be an effective way of achieving high nitric oxide levels in the body. There’s something about synthetic arginine amino acid that doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Maybe the nitric oxide synthase enzyme doesn’t quite warm up to synthetic arginine. Which is just as well.
Because one has to be careful in attempting to over-promote the production nitric oxide in the body especially through the use of supplements. The reason is that there has been some research to suggest that nitric oxide in excess may play a role in cancer genesis.
This paper seems to suggest nitric oxide may be involved in some of the events mediating cancer origin like formation of new blood vessels.
But don’t panic just yet about the role of nitric oxide in cancer. Because the silver lining is that; this study tells us that nitric oxide actaully kills cancer cells. They used nitric oxide in the treatment of mouth cancer successfully.
Also this study talks about the power of nitric oxide to suppress cancer growth as well as the spread of cancer in the body. It’s role in cancer treatment and prevention appears to supercede any suspicion of it’s involvement in cancer causation. So, please don’t fret, okay.
Nitric oxide is very diffusible. Meaning it permeates cell membranes very easily once it is signalled to commence work, because nitric oxide is very water soluble.
Talking about oral supplementation to boost nitric oxide production.
Nutraceutical companies have gone a step further to make L-citrulline supplements to increase nitric oxide levels. L-citrulline is another amino acid. A non-essential amino acid.
Some have gone one more step to combine Arginine and citrulline together like this one here for convenience.
L-citrulline is converted into L-arginine by the kidneys. The L-arginine is then converted to nitric oxide. A lot of these supplements have been developed to serve as alternatives to the popular drug, Viagra.
Of course, we all know about viagra and blood flow and what it does to fix erectile dysfunction.
Feedback from people who have used citrulline supplements have been disappointing. No better than a placebo effect. Even this reseach paper here confirmed the futility of citrulline use and failure to increase blood flow.
Could the failure of citrulline substitution for arginine and failure to ignite substantial nitric oxide production be due to the low levels of glutamine as shown here? It’s difficult to say.
What’s the link between viagra and nitric oxide?
Viagra (Sildenafil) works by boosting the amount of nitric oxide’s signalling partner cyclic Guanosine Monophosphate (cGMP) available in the penile tissue.
Viagra does that by blocking the enzyme that promotes the breakdown of cGMP. This action relatively makes the job of smooth muscle relaxation easy for the available nitric oxide.
So, a small rise in nitric oxide level will go a long way (no pun intended).
Smooth muscle relaxation in the penis results in vasodilation and a rush of blood to the penis. Happy days!
Bottomline: Arginine or citrulline supplements are not suitable viagra substitutes. You’re not going to get the same results. You may use these supplements for workout purposes, if you like.
What is Nitric Oxide dump?
Okay, let’s depart Geek Street and talk about natural nitric oxide boosting mechanisms. Because that’s what the nitric oxide dump is about.
The nitric oxide dump is an exercise routine that is designed to trigger the release of the nitric oxide from the lining of the blood vessel walls. Nitric oxide is usually stored in the endothelium (the lining of the blood vessel wall).
Once released from the endothelium, it gets to work diffusing across cell membranes. This results in the relaxation of the blood vessel wall leading to to what we call vasodilation.
The net result: lower blood pressure amongst other multitude of benefits.
Why is the exercise routine called Nitric oxide dump?
I know ‘dump’ not a flattering name.
But the simple reason it is called ‘dump’ is because we are initiating a process that dumps nearly all of the available nitric oxide in the “storage tanks” into the blood circulation in one go.
Do this exercise and you empty the the nitric oxide tanks, if you like. Don’t worry, the tanks will be re-filled.
What makes up the nitric oxide dump exercise routine?
There are 4 exercises that make up the nitric oxide routine and they are:
1) The Squat
2) Circular Arm Swing
3) Static Forward March
4) Shoulder Press
To save me describing them and how to perform them, watch video below. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
I recommend performing 20 reps for each of the 4 exercises. That makes a total of 80 reps. Those 80 reps constitute 1 set.
I also recommend 3 sets. By the time you have completed the 3 sets, you would have done 240 reps in total.
And guess what? It only takes 4 minutes. Just 4 minutes to perform. Very time-efficient.
What does the Nitric Oxide dump do?
As explained above, the nitric oxide dump exercises trigger the release of the stored notric oxide from the lining of the blood vessel walls. That causes a surge in nitric oxide levels in the blood circulation.
Because of the solubility of the nitric oxide, it diffuses across cells. In particular, within the cells of the blood vessel wall, nitric oxide signals the muscle cells around to relax. That’s why nitric oxide is referred to as endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF).
This leads to vasodilation. The net result: lower blood pressure, better blood flow, better supply of oxygen and nutrients to tissues. Better health.
There’s more. Even though at the start of the nitric oxide dump exercise routine, the exercise is not involved in the production of the molecule, it actually stimulates the production of more nitric oxide.
Why…because as you use up the stored nitric oxide following the exercise routine, more nitric oxide production is stimulated. The used up nitric oxide has to be replaced.
So, performining the nitric oxide dump exercise routine boosts further production of this all-important substance in our body. Not a bad deal, is it?
Why do a nitric oxide dump?
You do the nitric oxide dump exercise routine for one principal reason. Release and boost your nitric oxide levels in your body. Simple.
I suppose your next question is; what does nitric oxide do or what are the benefits of nitric oxide?
Before I talk about the benefits of doing the Nitric oxide dump, I just want to say something about issue of dark chocolates boosting nitric oxide. Well, yes, you can achieve a boost with dark chocolate, within reason.
But you must ensure it is a 90% dark chocolate as opposed to anything below that. The reason is the higher the percentage, the more the cacao levels in the chocolate bar. Meaning less additives and less processed.
The more cacao in the product, the better the nitric oxide boosting potential of the dark chocolate product. I talk more about that here.
So, here are the benefits of boosting nitric oxide and also by implication benefits of the nitric oxide dump exercise:
- Excellent for blood pressure control
- Improves heart health
- Enhanced oxygen delivery to your body cells
- Improved mitochondrial (the power house of your cells) function
- Improved blood circulation
- Reduces stickiness of your blood, thereby preventing blood clots
- Protects lean body mass
More benefits of doing nitric oxide dump exercise include:
- Promotes fat loss
- Reduces the risk of plaque formation on the walls of your arteries
- Increases VO2 max thereby boosting oxygen utilisation during exercise
- Improves exercise endurance
- Slows down cognitive decline
- Improves erectile dysfunction – a natural free viagra
- Boosts immune system function
- Reduces cell death
- Calms down nerves
There are more advantages of having your nitric oxide levels boosted by performing the dump routine, but I’ll have to stop there for now.
Now, looking at all of these benefits, it’s time for me to do my evening session of nitric oxide dump routine. Won’t miss it for the world!
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