Nitrogen Oxide and EPOs are super common in the supplement/fitness industry, and we’re going to talk about why.
Nitrogen oxide, as you probably know, helps you get a “pump” in the gym. This is caused by vasodilation, or widening the blood vessels. Why is this important (apart from aesthetics and for your #postworkoutselfie
Vasodilation during exercise is integral to accommodating for the increase in blood volume as well as enhancing blood flow to our muscle tissue. When we have proper blood flow to our muscles, they can perform optimally because they are being delivered the maximum dose of oxygen, nutrients, and anabolic hormones while also carrying away our metabolic waste (lactic acid and CO2), which decreases fatigue. ——
EPOs are responsible for stimulating erythroid (red blood cell) production. More red blood cells means more hemoglobin. More hemoglobin means higher oxygen/nutrient carrying capacity.
It also leads to increased blood volume, which then leads to vascularization and capillarization (more blood vessels and capillaries to carry more oxygen and nutrients). Because of this, there are many supplements that target this effect.
So, how does this help bodybuilders? Coupling vasodilation with erythroid production can maximize your training session because your muscles will be receiving more quality blood more efficiently, thereby allowing you to squeeze out those extra few reps and reducing muscle fatigue. And no, you don’t necessarily need an EPO or NO booster to achieve this. Through hard training, your body will naturally adapt to cause this reaction. Supplementing with either of these MAY help top level, elite athletes; however, just having a knowledge of what actually happens in your body while you train and educating yourself on exercise physiology can help you manipulate these effects. —-
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