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305: The Holy Grail of Performance, Vitality & Improving Biological Age: Boosting Nitric Oxide

On Air with Ella - podcast episode 305

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If the fountain of youth existed, it would be filled with Nitric Oxide.

In this episode:
  • What is Nitric Oxide and why is it so important to "anti-aging", sexual and athletic performance, and longevity (or "health span")?

  • The surprising ways we disrupt Nitric Oxide production - what NOT to do

  • How to boost Nitric Oxide production

  • Erectile dysfunction (in women and men!) and the role of Nitric Oxide

  • The dire consequences of mouthwash, antacids and fluoride on your NO production

  • Are beets really "the Nitric Oxide superfood"?

  • Debunking Nitric Oxide supplements and what actually works

  • Skincare and Nitric Oxide: skin cells need NO to function. Unfortunately, as we age, Nitric Oxide production drops and skin cells begin to lose their ability to retain moisture and nutrients [see below for a promo code on Dr. Bryan's skincare line]

Nitric oxide plays a crucial role in the human body, such as controlling blood pressure, regulating blood flow, maintaining normal sexual function, facilitating insulin signaling, supporting metabolic processes, and enhancing immune system function. Additionally, it acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. The inability to produce nitric oxide can lead to a range of clinical problems and presentations. As we age, our natural production of nitric oxide declines, typically at a rate of 10 to 12% per decade. This decline, known as endothelial dysfunction, can be prevented, allowing for the maintenance of normal nitric oxide production. In the episode, Dr. Nathan Bryan shares mind-blowing information about the science of nitric oxide and its critical role in our boosting our performance and longevity.

What are some ways you might observe a decline in nitric oxide? The first thing is that you're likely to develop some type of sexual dysfunction. It's erectile dysfunction in both men and women.

...If you can't make nitric oxide, then you don't get dilation of the blood vessels of the sex organs and you can develop erectile dysfunction. It occurs in both men and women. That's typically the first sign and symptom. Secondly, you may get an elevation in blood pressure. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, so it keeps the blood vessels soft and compliant and your blood pressure normal. If you lose the ability to make nitric oxide your blood vessels don't dilate and become stiff and you start to develop high blood pressure. Additionally, you may start to lose your memory. These can be mild cognitive disorders, like when you keep forgetting where your left your keys, to more severe conditions. All of these are blood flow problems that are secondary to the loss of nitric oxide.

- Dr. Nathan Bryan

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Nitric Oxide 101: Learn the basics from Dr. Nathan Bryan

Nitric oxide (NO) is considered one of the most important molecules produced in humans. This simple molecule controls oxygen and nutrient delivery to every cell in the body, it regulates cellular communication and even has anti-microbial properties that protect our body from invading pathogens. In fact, this molecule is so important it was named “Molecule of the Year” by Science Magazine in 1992 and in 1998 a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to the three US Scientists responsible for its discovery.

Adequate NO production is required for optimal health and disease prevention.

Loss of nitric oxide production is recognized as the earliest event in the onset and progression of most if not all chronic diseases, including the number one killer of men and women worldwide, cardiovascular disease. There are two ways the body normally makes NO. One is from the amino acid L-arginine. The enzyme that converts L-arginine into nitric oxide becomes dysfunctional. This is due to many factors including aging, oxidative stress, poor diet, lack of physical exercise, smoking, diabetes, high sugar diet, etc. The other pathway is from nitrate and nitrite found naturally in some foods. Each pathway contributes about 50% of the total NO production and one can compensate for the other. However, when NO production from both pathways becomes limiting, then that is when health problems start to occur.

Nitric oxide improves your cardiovascular health, circulation, blood pressure levels, immunity, brain function, skin quality and so much more. It’s essential for maintaining a healthy circulatory system and fighting off chronic diseases that come with age. But as the years go by, natural Nitric Oxide production slows and can be lost.

With the right support, your body can continue producing Nitric Oxide at healthy levels and you can help avoid the issues that come with Nitric Oxide deficiencies.

Reminder, neither Dr. Bryan nor Ella is not giving you medical advice - please talk to your own practitioner(s) about your specific needs!

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