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What is Nitric Oxide and what does it do?


What can NO2 do for my workout

Developing lean muscle needs a dual approach. All the hours spent sweating under barbells have the potential to be wasted if you are not fuelling your body in the right way.

In your diet, you need to ensure that you get enough energy to perform your reps, and leave some excess calories and sufficient protein to devote to the process of building new muscle.

All these crucial bicep-building ingredients are transported around your body in your blood, as is the oxygen that you will need to unlock the power in your muscles to perform your exercises.

What is Nitric Oxide?

Getting enough blood to the muscles when you are working out can be the difference between a good workout and a great one. Whenever you pump some iron, your body switches its pump on as well, pushing the blood through your body at a faster rate. While you are performing, your endothelial cells, which line all of the arteries in your circulatory system, release more of a substance called nitric oxide (NO2).

It sounds complicated, like something from a chemistry lesson, but it’s not a bad thing. Without the NO2 in your body, your blood vessels would struggle to cope with the increased blood flow.

So what does NO2 mean for bodybuilders?

Chromium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels. Put simply, it helps insulin do its job of transporting and metabolising glucose and other nutrients in your muscle cells. Niacin is also known as vitamin B3.