I was in the process of recycling some of the fillers that came in my newspaper when my attention was arrested by an article on the front page of Bottom Line Health: "Nobel Prize Winner's Breakthrough Prevents Heart Attack and Stroke, Relieves Impotence."
I got The Bottom Line years ago, but found I rarely got around to reading it, so I didn't renew the subscription. The one I found in the newspaper was, of course, a teaser. A lot of provocative topics, and you can find the answer if only you order the magazine. Or order your free Special Report. Or whatever. You have to get hooked to get the bottom line. I mean, The Bottom Line.
This article, however, supported something I heard from a cardiologist about six month ago. What I learned has had me taking the amino acid
L-arginine daily since then.
Nitric oxide is found naturally in the body, and it acts as an arterial smooth muscle relaxant, regulating blood flow and increasing flow to the heart, as well as lowering blood pressure. It also helps mediate erectile function by increasing blood flow to the penis. In addition, it is used in the Intensive Care Unit to treat patients with severe lung disease. Also known as Endothelium-Derived Relaxing Factor, nitric oxide is the effective molecule in nitroglycerine, which is a first line treatment in heart disease. This substance received due recognition in 1998 when three scientists shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology for their work with nitric oxide.
So lots of clinical trials are underway. But for me, hearing that a respected cardioligist took L-Arginine daily because it is a precursor that metabolizes to N.O. was enought to make me take it. Now Bottom Line says that it doesn't enter the cells unless combined with L-citrulline. I'm going to keep taking my L-arginine and waiting for more information before I add another pill.