Nitric Oxide -- Side Effects and Benefits
Nitric Oxide Side Effects
Nitric oxide side effects can be very dangerous. Nitric oxide is a compound that people use for various reasons, some of which might not necessarily be safe. Nitric oxide is a very small molecule, made simply of one oxygen atom and one nitrogen atom to form NO. If taken in small amounts, the effect on the body is relatively mild, but when taken in large amounts, nitric oxide can become toxic very quickly, and can even contribute to vascular collapse. Some general nitric oxide side effects include:
- Blood Pressure Fluctuations
But it really depends on how you're taking the nitric oxide supplement. Nitric oxide supplements are very different. Some supplements, such as the popular NO Xplode, provides a big boost of nitric oxide over a short release period. NO Xplode is designed to give a person a big rush of energy for a workout, but because of that, generally comes with heightened side effects, especially headaches. If you're taking NO Xplode, then check out my other article specific to NO Xplode side effects and keep reading this article for how to take nitric oxide without headaches.
Nitric oxide is what's known as a vasolidator, meaning that it widens the arteries and veins and allows more blood flow. This effect can be great in certain circumstances, but can also be very dangerous. Overuse of the drug can cause fatal side effects. The more serious nitric oxide side effects that have been reported are:
- Irregular Heart Beat, AKA Arrhythmia
- Severe Dips in Blood Pressure
Nitric Oxide Benefits and Information
In order to understand some of the nitric oxide side effects out there, a person also needs to understand what nitric oxide is used for. I first came across nitric oxide while studying the compound Minoxidil, which is the active ingredient in hair regrowth products like Rogaine. Some of the reports on hair regrowth showed a correlation between nitric oxide and hair growth because nitric oxide increased blood flow to a certain part of the scalp that is generally lacking proper flow. In studies, persons with hair loss also seemed to experience a lack of blood flow to a certain part of the scalp. There was a correlation made, and so nitric oxide was considered as a good way to increase blood flow to those areas. Talk to a medical professional before using nitric oxide in this way. Nitric oxide side effects are more mild with this form of use than with the next form.
Others have reported using nitric oxide for bodybuilding purposes. Because nitric oxide widens the arteries and veins and allows for more blood flow, it helps bodybuilders gain muscle mass and strength, and also to recover more quickly after a workout. During exercise, blood flows very rapidly to the area being targeted in order to bring fresh oxygen and other things to the muscles being worked. After the workout, the blood brings nutrients that are vital to the repair process, helping muscles rejuvenate more quickly. In this way, nitric oxide is helpful to bodybuilders in that it supplies muscles with more blood by widening the veins and arteries.
Nitric oxide side effects can develop very quickly when nitric oxide is used for this purpose. The veins and arteries are somewhat fragile as it is. Widening them using nitric oxide and then working out is probably not the best idea. One of the major side effects is death, and it's pretty easy to see why. The heart needs a fairly careful balance of pressure in the veins and arteries in order to pump blood properly. Widening the vascular system and then doing exercise makes the heart pump more blood through a wider area. Side effects like arrhythmia, fatal dips in blood pressure, and extended hypotension can easily arise. If you're going to use a nitric oxide supplement for this purpose, do so at your own risk.