Heart Disease: Nitric Oxide/Arginine Cure?
I bet you haven’t heard much about nitric oxide (NO) and its role in heart disease and other cardiovascular disorders.
There is much research that supports that NO is required in our body for cardiac heath. Not to mention, Dr. Robert F. Furchgott, Dr. Louis J. Ignarro and Dr. Ferid Murad winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998 for “for their discoveries concerning “nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system”.
You’d think with heart disease on the rise every passing year, this would get some attention and media press.
Especially since studies show that cardiovascular and heart disease still remain the leading cause of death in the U.S.; despite the onslaught of countless pharmaceutical drugs.
The Center for Disease Control recently said the following when addressing the ‘Nation’s Leading Killers, 2009’,
“…Heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing our nation today, yet they are also among the most preventable. Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the first and third leading causes of death for both men and women in the United States. They account for more than one-third (35.3%) of all U.S. deaths. More than 151,000 Americans who died of cardiovascular diseases in 2005 were younger than age 65…”
Preventable? You bet!
The reason for the lack of media coverage is actually the “status quo” of the medical establishment. If there are inexpensive natural means to raise NO levels in the body, it would then put a damper on the billion dollar profit pharmaceutical and heart disease business. Yes…business!
What is Nitric Oxide?
First, let’s get familiar with what nitric oxide (NO) actually is.
The biochemistry of NO, just like every function of the human body, depends upon enzymes that breakdown substances, thus creating new substances. In this case, an enzyme known nitric oxide synthases (NOS) breakdowns the amino acid L-arginine to form another amino acid, L-citrulline, which then forms nitric oxide.
Perhaps you weren’t directly aware about this chemical reaction that occurs in your body. However, you have no doubt seen TV commercials that advertise pharmaceutical drugs based on this type of reaction.
For example, TV ads for erectile dysfunction (ED). Of course the idea here is to increase the blood flow so as a male can achieve erections. This same “blood flow concept” applies to the reaction of NO and the arteries that support the heart.
This conversion of NO from L-arginine, occurs in the blood vessels lining; the endothelium. Once it becomes NO, it is responsible for:
- Increased blood flow due to vasodilatation (widening of the vessels); preventing narrowing
- Prevention of fatty deposits (plaque) from sticking to the vessels walls
- Keeps the endothelium elastic
The importance of an elastic endothelium is:
If NO is produced at optimal levels -> then an optimal amount is released into the blood stream -> which is then carried virtually everywhere in the body.
Needless to say that without a healthy functioning cardiovascular system, all major bodily functions (organs, cells, lymphatic system, nutritional status) are severely compromised. With such a wide range of bodily function affected, you can now see the list of potential symptoms would be virtually endless resulting in many different potential diagnoses; all stemming from the same root cause!
However, given that cardiovascular related conditions such as heart attacks and stroke are unfortunately so prevalent in the U.S., it is nothing less than a travesty that simple, inexpensive alternative treatments are not publicized. And worse, criticized in lieu of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry and modern “healthcare”-sham-system.
So, what is this simple, inexpensive alternative treatment?
Nitric Oxide and other supplements that promote NO production such as l-arginine. The research regarding these supplements is literally endless with all of them showing significant and positive affects!
Interestingly, l-arginine is nothing more than an amino acid. It is regarded as a “food” when in its free-form. Free-form amino acids are highly digestible and should be the only form taken. You know an amino acid is in “free-form” when you see an “L” in front of the name of the amino acid. Being that these amino acids (including l-arginine) are foods in the purest and simplest form, then they are not drugs and thus, won’t suppress the immune system but rather enhance it.
Drugs on the other hand, despite the touted glory, never enhance the immune system! In fact they destroy it!
When your body has adequate NO (even excess), atherosclerosis (plaque formation that is associated with formation of blood clots resulting in heart attacks or stroke) are not likely to occur.
And in many cases, research has even shown that it can be reversible once already present!
It should be said that whether by a drug or by a natural means, the first step in decreasing and eliminated cardiovascular conditions begins with lifestyle changes. And unfortunately, the words “lifestyle changes” has become akin to “health-nut”, “holistic”, and “all-natural”.
Sadly, these life-saving lifestyle changes are then often ignored by those who need to impliment these changes the most. So instead of making these changes, they continue to smoke, eat processed and fast foods, lack exercise despite knowing the consequences that are sure to come.
[Side Note: Another important natural alternative treatment for treating atherosclerosis and other blood relating conditions such as fibroids is the enzyme serrapeptase. This amazing little enzyme has been shown to reverse the plague in the carotid arteries; the most common location for possible blood clot formation.]
With therapies utilizing l-arginine, serrapeptase and other anti-oxides, conditions such as: atherosclerosis, stroke, and heart related conditions wouldn’t even rank on our disease statistical scale.
And with anti-oxidants like vitamin C, A, E , which prevent the oxidation (destruction) of nitric oxide in the body, how could anyone deny the importance of supplementation?
Supplements or Drugs: Would the real scam please stand-up!
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