Nitric oxide (NO) is a signalling molecule. When it’s created and released this gas easily and quickly penetrates membranes and cells, sending its signals in nanoseconds. NO signals arteries to relax and expand; immune cells to kill bacteria and potentially cancer cells; and brain cells to communicate with each other. In fact, NO sends crucial signals within every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. But perhaps the most important signalling function is within the circulatory system. Amino acid, L-arginine is converted into nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to open wider improving blood flow and circulation.
HOWEVER: Sustained release is vitally necessary to maintain nitric oxide flow levels.
Nitric oxide is a type of natural reactive gas that both plants and animals produce. L-arginine is needed by endothelial cells lining the endothelium of blood vessels. in order to form enough nitric oxide to keep blood flowing freely. In a healthy artery, the endothelium is smooth and flexible; it easily widens or dilates (vasodilation). NO is manufactured in the endothelium via 3 enzymes collectively called nitric oxide synthase (NOS). One of those enzymes, endothelial nitric oxide synthase or eNOS starts the activation of NO in the endothelium, the end result being the creation of the molecule that has been dubbed, “endothelium-derived relaxing factor”.