Review of The Nitric Oxide Solution by Nathan Bryan

If you have been on the internet in the last few months, you've undoubtedly seen the ads for Neo-40, the new nitric oxide boosting supplement co-created by Dr. Nathan Bryan.  I gave some coverage to this interesting new supplement in My Interview with Dr. Bryan, but here I want to discuss his new book, The Nitric Oxide (NO) Solution

My other favorite molecule, testosterone, has been extensively covered on the web and in books and magazines over the decades, primarily because of interest by bodybuilders and athletes the world over.  Nitric oxide, though, has taken a back seat and it is hard to find good information on the subject.  This is where Dr. Bryan - and my site if I don't say so myself - can step in and fills in many of the missing gaps. And who is better qualified than Dr. Bryan?  Nobody since he happens to be one of the foremost researchers on NO on planet earth.

He offers many invaluable insights and shows how ubiquitous and all-encompassing nitric oxide is, serving as a neurotransmitter, immune cell weapon, cardiovascular healer, etc.  It is very analagous to testosterone, which affects the brain, blood cells, libido, cardiovascular health and on and on.  And, like testosterone, if your nitric oxide levels are depleted, you are going to suffer both in the bedroom and out.

 Dr. Bryan also does a nice job of documenting the key chemical players involved.  For example, The Nitric Oxide (NO) Solution covers many of the mysteries of nitric oxide.  One of them has centered around L-Arginine.  For years, supplement manufacturers have based their nitric oxide-boosters on L-Arginine.  As it turns out, this is not only an ineffective approach in most cases but also a dangerous one for many men (as I have covered in my link on Arginine). Dr. Bryan explains that the L-Arginine pathway is a poor one for middle-aged and beyond men as it loses its efficiency as we age.  Furthermore, he explains why it  can even get you hurt (due to overstimulation or NO byproducts, i.e. metabolites). (6 men with heart disease died in a study using heavy doses of L-Arginine.)

But knowledgeable readers will note that nitric oxide is made from L-Arginine. So, if this pathway is bad, what other answer is there? Dr. Bryan shows a simple solution - a new way to "beat the system" -  that involves an alternate metabolic pathway

Again, here's where having one of the world's leading gurus comes into play.  It turns out that this is the key for us middle-aged guys:  consumption of nitrates.  These get converted to nitrites on your tongue by friendly bacteria and then into nitric oxide in the gut and - voila! - you've got yourself the nice boost that you've been looking for.

This book has literally hundreds of other nitric oxide facts and tips, including many practical ways to boost nitric oxide. So dump those expensive NO supplements and set The Nitric Oxide (NO) Solution by your bedside.  This is how you'll really boost this wonder molecule and so something remarkable under the covers.