Nitric Oxide For Muscle Building & Performance
is a gas that’s found inside of muscle tissue which communicates with other cells inside your body. Most NO2 supplements on the market now days contain arginine-alpha-ketoglutatratre (a unique form of the amino acid L-arginine), which supposedly helps to increase blood flow to muscle tissue.
Although nitric-oxide is a gas that’s naturally produced in your body, research suggests that there might be some benefit to supplementing with NO2 boosters that contain L-arginine for a boost in muscle mass.
That being said, be aware that the most recent studies have shown that L-arginine and arginine-alpha-ketoglutatrate are not very effective at stimulating nitric-oxide inside the body, unless they’re taken at extremely high dosages.
In theory, supplementing with nitric-oxide boosters will increase oxygen delivery inside muscle tissue, deliver more nutrients to muscles and increase your muscle “pump”, which can lead to increased muscle mass and strength.
Anything that can potentially supply more oxygen to muscle tissue and deliver more nutrients during a workout (which can potentially lead to more muscle growth and faster training recovery) is worth trying out in my opinion.
Is Nitric Oxide Effective For Muscle Growth?
I’ve used NO2 products that contain nitric-oxide in the past and I could definitely tell a difference in terms of increased muscle pump and enhanced vascularity during training.
Simply put, it helped me get a much better pump during training, which might have helped increase my muscle mass.
When training arms and chest, I would get such a tremendous muscle pump while taking nitric-oxide that I felt as if my skin would burst at any moment.
This intense pump lasted for only the first 2 to 3 weeks while I was supplementing with a nitric-oxide product and went away by the end of the first month.
After the first few weeks, the intense pump effects seemed to diminish with each passing week. Like any other dietary supplement, this was due to my body adapting to the substance which lessened the effects each time I took it.
That being said, if you decide to use a nitric oxide supplement in your muscle building regiment, be sure to cycle it on and off so that your body does not adapt to it.
I recommend that you take nitric oxide products for no more than 8 weeks at a time, making sure to cycle off for at least 4 to 5 weeks before resuming use.
If you have the money to spend, I’d say give NO boosters a try and see how well they work for you. If you’re on a budget, stick to the basic bodybuilding supplements that I outlined on the bodybuilding supplements page , as you’re probably not going to miss out on any serious muscle gains if you’re aren’t taking an NO2/nitric oxide supplement.
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