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Guys Guide to a Healthier Lifestyle

It’s not an unknown fact: most men only go to the doctor when they are sick. This creates the generalization that men are much too casual or disinterested in their health. We urge that men (and women) get an annual physical so they can address any underlying concerns that may be present in their health so they can be referred to a specialist if need be. We also urge that men become at least a little interested in their health and start following these easy steps to live a balanced healthy lifestyle.

  1. Weight Management 

Maintain a healthy weight through a well-balanced diet and exercise. The male body tends to change with age as testosterone levels begin to decline. Muscle mass becomes harder to keep and unhealthy pounds can start to add up. Make sure you are continuing exercise and staying active through these periods to avoid drastic changes in your muscle and heart health. Muscle Memory may be a good supplement to add to your diet if you have a need for muscle recovery and enhancement.

  1. Limit Trans-Fat Consumption

Trans-Fats are a threat to both our waistlines and hearts. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than one in three men have heart disease. The American diet that is full of processed, trans-fat ingredients doesn’t help this statistic. Arm yourself against heart disease risks by eliminating or limiting trans-fat in your diet. The AHA recommends closing out trans-fat consumption to 1 g a day. So become diligent in removing this harmful and in some cases, fatal ingredient.

  1. Eat More Fish

Start consuming more fish that contain essential fatty acids. The two essential fatty acids are Omega-6 and Omega-3. They are essential because our bodies don’t produce them on its own, we can only get them from our diets. Salmon, mackerel, herring, and albacore tuna all contain high amounts of essential oils. There is not set daily recommendation for essential oils, but some health organizations advise 250-500 mg per day. This number goes up if you have coronary artery disease. If you are not consuming enough fish in your diet alone, consider Omega-3 Priority for supplementation.

  1. Lycopene Influence

Lycopene is an antioxidant that gives certain foods their red coloring. This antioxidant is known for its anti-cancer properties most notably, prostate cancer. With prostate cancer being the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, it is critical that men take preventative measures. Lycopene can be found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava and pink grapefruit. The most abundant of these sources are tomatoes, and lycopene’s impact is increased when the tomatoes are cooked. If you are a male and not getting enough of these foods in your diet, our Prostate Priority contains 30 mg per serving as well as other ingredients to help maintain healthy prostate functioning.

  1. Take a Multivitamin

Not all vitamins are created equal. Before purchasing, it is important to do your research and make sure that you are spending your money on a quality product. When it comes to multivitamins, their function is to fill any diet “holes” that you may have that are inhibiting your immune system operation. Lifeguard is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep diets balanced and immune systems strong for fighting diseases.

  1. Maintain Regular Physicals with your Health Care Professional

As mentioned, men are the worst offenders of doctor visit ducking. It is important that you try to break that habit. A yearly physical can keep you in check and address any concerns should they arise. Men are more susceptible to stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression so please make sure you are getting screened and treated for these and any other health concerns.

Guys, take our advice and incorporate these easy tips to become a healthier man!

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Can a Walk a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Everyone should drink 8 cups of water per day. These are just two examples of health advice which is well known, but walking daily is another important one. Doctors and other healthcare professionals would like people to exercise for at least an hour every day, but a fair amount of people do not adhere to their suggestion. If exercising seems like too much, at least try walking, because walking is more important than you might think.

One recent study tested a little more than 2,000 men from Hawaii with ages ranging from 71-93 for 7 years. The study found that those men who walked approximately a quarter mile per day were twice as likely to develop dementia as those who walked more than two miles per day. Just think, two miles per day can have an enormous effect on one’s mental health. The brain needs to be stimulated, and walking every day can give your mind time to think and become healthier. Not to mention, walking can help people lose weight or possibly prevent weight gain.

In another study, researchers followed about 19,000 women (ages 70-81) for nine years. This study discovered that women who walked or exercised for at least 1.5 hours, did better on tests which challenged their attention and memory skills. Conversely, women who walked less than 40 minutes a week showed a decline in these categories. Walking greatly benefits cognitive skills and helps people lessen their chances of having a mental fall off so to say. Just like keeping your mind active with reading or writing or some other form of brain exercise, physical exercise also does wonders for the mind.

Of course with exercising and walking daily, comes the possibility of pain and discomfort. These are two factors which deter a good amount of people from continuing their workout routine, but pain and discomfort are necessary for growth. Muscles become sore, only to become stronger, but sometimes bones and joints also develop ailments. Joint Decision could be a useful aid with walking daily, because Joint Decision might help keep you on your feet and on the go. Glucosamine is one of the main ingredients in Joint Decision and it can help with the repair and production of cartilage which is necessary for cushioning between joints to keep them feeling healthy and strong. Check out more about Joint Decision on our website (lifepriority.com) to see if it could be right for you in your workout and walking endeavors.

The most important thing is to stay active and exercise on a regular basis, preferably daily, but going to the gym or lifting weights may not be your thing, so try walking and listening to some of your favorite music while doing so. You could also think through difficult decisions or situations in your life while you’re walking the trail or the neighborhood. Walking can be extremely therapeutic and good for your overall health, so start walking today and see for yourself!

To Your Health!-LP

Sources: http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/exercise­for­health/exercise­for­health­getmoving­to­keep­your­brain­sharp/

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet­and­weight­loss/extra­benefits­ofwalking­daily/

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Effects of Exercise and Supplementation on Mood

Guest blog from Nicole May, Personal Trainer

I remember reading a story a few years ago about a depressed housewife who, at age 44 and 100 pounds overweight, knew that she needed to change her life. She first went to her doctor, who prescribed an antidepressant, but she thought there had to be a more natural way.
She knew she did not have a “Prozac deficiency,” but more of an exercise and whole food deficiency. She threw the prescription in the trash, started walking on her treadmill, eventually started running on her treadmill and never looked back. She also changed her diet to a more clean, whole, unprocessed diet and started taking some supplements. She is cured of her depression and obesity, and is now in her late 50s. She is a fitness model, who has won several competitions; she is also an author of several books, owns a publishing company and conducts speaking engagements all over the world.
This story always inspires me because it is an example of how our society today is over-medicated, and under-active, and under-nourished. It also shows that no matter our age or our fitness level, we can make small changes. I had seen years ago with my clients, their changes in attitude when they would exercise. Some of them could only walk for a few minutes outside due to health issues, but would tell me that their attitudes would change just from a short walk!
Studies have shown time and again that exercise increases endorphins, improves sleep, increases nerve cells, and keeps our minds sharp. I have also had periods of time over my career in which I am not able to exercise due to injuries and I notice a difference in mood and attitude when I am not able to work out.
Another important factor for overall attitude and health is supplementation. I have experienced in my life, and seen in others the effects of supplements on quality of life. Supplements that I have used and love:
Omega-3 Priority
Researchers say the results suggest diets lacking in omega-3 fatty acids may cause the brain to age faster. “People with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of structural brain aging,” says researcher Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH, of the Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lift, Mind and Muscle Memory
The B complex and L-Phenylalanine in Lift, the Choline in Mind, and the L-Arginine in Muscle Memory helps keep me motivated and focused to not only exercise but in all activities in my everyday life. They also help my muscles recover so I am able to exercise almost every day and keep my attitude and mood uplifted!
Joint Decision
The Glucosamine found in Joint Decision is thought to help the body sustain ligaments, tendons and cartilage. I can say that with my “Retired Gymnast Body” my knees had gotten very sore as I got older, however I have been taking Joint Decision and can say for a fact that my knees are now virtually PAIN FREE!!
Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

When is the Best Time to Exercise?

Fit Women on Exercise BikesWhen is the Best Time to Exercise?

One of the most controversial subjects in the fitness world is what time of day is the best time to exercise. Scientists have been going back and forth on this for years.  It is still inconclusive.  That was also a very common question from my clients as a personal trainer. The answer I would give them was that it doesn’t matter.  I would rather see you work out at any time as long as you get it in.  It’s whatever time works for you and whatever time you will stick with.  For me personally, exercise tends to wire me and give me energy, therefore I am not able to work out at night.

For my body, morning exercise works best for me but I am also a morning person. If you are a night owl or work nights, then it may be better for you to work out at night.  I also know people who get a second wind at noon or on their lunch hour.  I personally feel my best and have the most energy to work out between the hours of 9:00am and 1:00pm.  If you only have time to work out at 5:30 in the morning and you think you can stick to this routine, then by all means please get in a routine at 5:30 in the morning!  At the end of the day, what matters is that you did something, even if it is only being able to squeeze in a 15 minute walk at 8:00pm after dinner. If you are trying to lose weight, science is still science and it comes down to calories in and calories out.  The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter what time of day you exercise as long as you get it in somewhere and you do what you know you can stick to.

A couple of products that I love and use myself to get me motivated to exercise are the Lift and Muscle Memory from Life MuscleMemory_550x550Priority. The Lift can help you get in the mood to exercise if you are feeling a little unmotivated that day.  Also the Muscle Memory helps muscle recovery due to the Amino Acid L-Arginine.  I have found that these two products when used together, give me the best workouts and help my body recover for the next workout!

In the end, exercise should be fun and you should not dread it.  If this means that you need to wait until noon on your lunch hour to feel energetic to take a walk, then so be it.  At least you have done something and you are on your way to a healthier lifestyle!

Nicole May, PT and Fitness Instructor

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

 

Woman Doing Yoga on Mountain

New Year, New You – Why People Fail at Exercise Resolutions

Guest Post by Nicole May, Personal Trainer and daily LIFT user

Do you ever make New Year’s resolutions regarding your exercise routine only to watch them go by the wayside within a few weeks?  As a personal trainer, this was the most common issue that I would encounter with my clients. It would be the actual sticking to an activity.

Why People Fail at Exercise Resolutions

The truth is that most people don’t stick to an exercise routine because we simply don’t enjoy it.  I would get asked time and again, “What is the best exercise?” Over the years I can only say this.  The BEST exercise for YOU is the exercise that you are going to stick with because you actually enjoy it!

What good is your gym membership if you simply don’t like going the gym?  What good is your treadmill if it has now become an apparatus to hang up your clothes?  I know, I have been there! I have had that elliptical machine in my home only to find myself staring at it every day but not actually getting on it.  The truth is that I did not enjoy it. I was bored.

Yoga at summit

Finding the Right Fitness Goals for You

Over the years I can say I have tried almost every exercise known to man as well as the latest fads or exercise gadgets.  At one point, I decided that I was going to become a runner, but I was over-training and ended up blowing out both knees and my back.

This is not to say that running is bad for everyone, but according to my doctor, it’s bad for me. Years of competitive gymnastics have left me with some injuries to body parts that scream at me to stop when I try to run long distances.  I have also tried Zumba, weight training, cycling, triathlons, boot camp, strange devices to put on the bottom of your shoes and jump around, etc.  You get the idea.

What I have found is this. Every body type is different making certain exercises enjoyable for some and not so enjoyable for others.  Why is it easy for some of my friends who, at the age of 45, have decided to run marathons while they fly through the air like a gazelle yet I find it boring and hard on my joints? Just because every body is different, and what may bore you to tears is fun and interesting to others.

Turn the Corner on New Year’s Resolutions

Folks, this year, I encourage you to do an activity that you enjoy so you are more inclined to stick with it.  The goal is to keep moving.  Whether you love to fast-walk through the mall for an hour every day, or you have a passion for extreme skiing, have at it (just be careful)! I happen to love to go to Boot Camp at 5:30am. Who knew?  Not me, for the longest time.  Pick something you actually like!  Exercise does not have to be boring or dreadful.

 

Some suggestions for you for you in the New Year:

  •  Try some resistance training or lift something semi-heavy.  Resistance training is important to maintain bone health and muscle mass as we age.  Even if it’s just doing some push-ups, lunges or using some slightly heavy weights in your home in front of the TV!
  • Try to break a sweat-every day.  Try to sweat for at least 30 minutes even if it’s just from gardening, dancing in your home or walking around your neighborhood!
  • Take your Lift.  I personally LOVE the Lift powder.  I love mixing up my drink in the morning and afternoons before my meals to help curb my appetite. The Phenylalanine in Lift can be helpful with cravings and motivation.  Occasionally, I have issues with trying to stay motivated to exercise because of my injuries.  If I drink my Lift, my mood improves and I am out the door and to the gym within 30 minutes!

Here’s to a happy and active 2018.  Stick to it by doing something you love!

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

 

What Happens to MLB Players Now That The Season Is Over?

“What Happens to MLB Players Now That The Season Is Over? by Greg PryorGreg Royals 1985

What a great World Series!  The great game of baseball and another Fall Classic showed the world why, in my opinion, baseball is the best team sport ever invented.  For most professional baseball players their “cherished” off season is here. A small percentage of players will go to play winter ball in Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, or the Dominican Republic.  Most players will stay in the States and enjoy their families who they don’t get to see much during the season.

One of the bad things that happens to players on clubs that make the postseason, especially the Indians and the Cubs, is that they will have a much shorter off season. In just 4 short months (exactly 120 days), players on World Series teams will be reporting to spring training.  The “real” MLB ballplayers know that their 2017 season has already begun and they are not wasting time getting ready.

The story of the 2016 MLB World Champs began on the first day of spring training last March at their training site in Arizona.  In reality, the beginning of a baseball season for a “real” MLB player begins on the day that his season ends.  As one who participated in 16 seasons of pro baseball, the 7 month grind of no weekends off and an average of 28 games per month from March to October is not for the feeble minded or physically weak. No offense to the talented players in the NFL, NBA, and NHL who have their own tough grind, but I consider the “combined” mental and physical stress of a MLB season to be the toughest of all sports.  Proper off season preparation by individual players is one of the most important aspects of winning a World Championship.  The story of what George Brett did between the end of the 1984 and the beginning of the 1985 season is a good example.

In 1984, the Kansas City Royals won the American League West Division title but George had one of his worst seasons.  For him, hitting a paltry .284 and driving in only 69 runs was very disappointing and he was challenged by the then-owner, Avron Fogelman, to show people the real Brett in ’85.  George used the off-season to get ready and every Royals fan remembers what happened.  George added 50 points to his average, doubled his RBI output and the Royals went on their first World Series crown.  George put in the workout time during the off season and it paid off.

Next March, around 1,300 pro ballplayers, those on MLB rosters and invitees, will report to the MLB spring training sites of their team.  Older players will be trying to keep their jobs and younger players will be trying to take someone else’s job.  A few will report with jobs locked up because of the size of their contract or the high level of their ability.  Regardless of any of that though, the amount of physical work that they all will have put in over the previous 5 months (but just 4 months for the World Series teams) will determine what kind of season that they, and their teams, will have.

Most MLB players have their own winter workout regimen. The team trainer will give them suggestions and workout schedules to follow but most players will be on their own program.  Many MLB players hire personal trainers to oversee their grueling workouts and to hold them accountable for showing up and putting in the effort.

Being motivated to do effective offseason work is one thing, but the most difficult part of getting ready for another MLB season is to determine what exercises to do, what muscle groups to use, how often to exercise and how many hours or days to rest between exercises.  Every offseason I would try and put on 10-15 lbs of muscle by hiring a trainer to “punish” me during workouts.  I wanted to break my muscles down enough so that they would grow back stronger.  At age 21, I weighed 165 pounds when I signed my first pro contract.  Over my 10 yr. MLB career my weight was between 185-190 lbs. Had I not gotten stronger and quicker, I never would have earned a MLB job.

Another very important aspect of off season conditioning is the diet.  Although MLB players probably eat nutritious meals, I am confident that most use some dietary supplements to help them recover more quickly from workouts.  I did not know until after I was done playing that there are many nutrients not easily found in a decent diet that can have a wonderful effect on muscle recovery after workouts. Some are best used before workouts and some are best used afterwards.

In 1994, my wife and I formed a health and nutrition company called Life Priority, Inc. Life Priority can be located at www.lifepriority.com and offers a line of high quality, results-oriented, scientifically-formulated health supplements to the marketplace.  If you are interested in learning how to get better workouts as a pro player or a weekend warrior, please contact me at customerservice@lifepriority.com.  I will be glad to help evaluate your current regimen and offer time-tested solutions to help you get better results from your workouts.  In 1991, I became a customer of the Life Priority products and, because of my results and the results of others, I joined the health industry.  Make your decision now! The “off season” is shorter than you think!  Get ready for a great 2017!

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Energy Boost

With the temperatures reaching record numbers lately, it can be a challenge to get out and do much of anything. Most of us would rather curl up in a dark, air-conditioned room than spend time under the blazing sun outside.

But what if it’s not just the heat that’s making you tired? What if a lack of energy has been a struggle for you for more than the last few months? If so, know that you’re not alone. Millions of Americans feel the same way. That’s why we at Life Priority want to offer a few tips on how to increase your get-up-and-go even when the heat is on!

First, it’s a good idea to examine what may be zapping your energy. Common culprits include lack of sleep, an unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, not enough sunlight, dehydration and, of course, outside forces like cell phones and technology. On top of that, you may be experiencing high stress levels from work or family or have undiagnosed health issues such as anemia, hyperthyroid or low blood sugar. To be completely sure, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your doctor to get a thorough exam.

While your doctor may discover an internal cause for your lethargy (which is why it’s important to get checked out), there’s a good chance that your energy level could be enhanced simply by incorporating a few changes into your lifestyle.

To start, take a look at your diet. Are you consuming a lot of processed, sugary snacks and beverages? Sugar can cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash, leaving you tired and foggy. Instead of cookies, candy or potato chips, try snacking on fruits or nuts. The protein in nuts sustains you longer than refined sugar, and fruits such as bananas have helpful nutrients like potassium, which converts blood sugar into energy.

Next, get moving! Exercise stimulates blood flow and prevents all kinds of diseases and health problems. It also helps your mentality by releasing feel-good hormones into your body and helps you sleep better at night, which gives you more energy during the day. It doesn’t take much—just 30 minutes a day 3-5 times a week–to feel the effects. Plus, getting out and moving also allows you to unplug from the world and just enjoy nature. (Though, with these temperatures, it might be good to enjoy that nature early in the morning while it’s still tolerable.)

Beyond diet and exercise, it is also important to get enough sleep. Most Americans are underslept, falling far short of the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night. This not only decreases energy, but also facilitates diseases and other health issues. Set an alarm in your home to help you remember to head to bed at a time that allows you to get the recommended total of shut-eye. Yes, it will take discipline, but your body will thank you!

With the big three of diet, exercise and sleep being covered, there are also a few other tricks you can try when it comes to increasing your energy. For instance, try popping a mint or chewing a minty gum. The scent ups alertness by stimulating your trigeminal nerve, which is the same nerve that’s activated by smelling salts. Or, consider drinking a cup of green tea. It contains theanine, which calms you while leaving your mind clear. Finally, if possible, take a power nap. According to Harvard research, 30-minute midday naps prevent energy from flagging further, while hour-long naps actually boost energy and performance. And, if all else fails, take the advice of Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., the medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and massage your ears. A quick 30-second rub stimulates energizing acupuncture points that give you a quick mental boost.

We Americans are so busy that we don’t often prioritize the things that give us life and vitality. However, if we want to regain our strength and be able to enjoy our day-to-day, we need to start treating our bodies with care and giving them what they need. So, take our advice and get serious about regaining your energy. Talk to your doctor and start incorporating healthy habits into your routine. Then, enjoy the boost of life and joy that comes your way!

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Arginine Improves Blood Flow and Exercise Capacity

Patients with pulmonary hypertension benefit in two ways.

Amino acids perform a dizzying array of functions in the body. They can link together in long chains to form various kinds of proteins, such as enzymes

(acetylcholinesterase, e.g., which breaks down the acetylcholine molecule), hormones (insulin, e.g., which regulates blood glucose levels), or structural proteins (collagen, e.g., which gives strength to skin, cartilage, and bone). They can also be converted to amino acid derivatives, such as serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that is derived from tryptophan.

Arginine helps preserve kidney function, boost the immune system, increase insulin sensitivity, promotes cardiovascular health, and facilitate erections.

Without question, amino acids are vital for normal body functions and good health – either as individual molecules or in the form of proteins (about 20 different amino acids constitute the tens of thousands of different proteins in our bodies). Some amino acids play more prominent roles than others. Consider, for example, the functions that arginine fulfills in the body. Arginine helps, among other things, to preserve kidney function, boost the immune system, increase insulin sensitivity, and promote a healthy cardiovascular system – and it even helps men to achieve and maintain erections.

Arginine Improves Blood Flow

Many of the benefits derived from sufficient arginine intake stem from its ability to generate nitric oxide in the appropriate tissues, aided by an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase. Nitric oxide (NO) is a very small molecule, and it is highly mobile in moving within and between cells. After its synthesis from arginine, NO acts as a signaling molecule that induces a variety of responses in the body. One of the best-characterized functions of NO is to induce smooth muscle cells to relax.

Smooth muscle cells are found in blood vessels throughout the body (excluding the heart). When these cells relax in response to nitric oxide, the blood vessels expand (a process called vasodilation), blood pressure drops, and blood flow is improved. More blood is delivered to the tissues, which are thus better nourished with oxygen, glucose, and whatever else they may need. Collectively, the physical aspects of blood flow are called hemodynamics, and it could be expected that improved hemodynamics would lead to improved exercise capacity. Let us see about that.

Arginine Reduces Pulmonary Blood Pressure

Studies have demonstrated that oral supplementation with arginine offers substantial improvements in hemodynamics in patients with congestive heart failure (a decline in the heart’s ability to pump blood). Recently, the first study to assess the benefits of oral arginine in patients with pulmonary hypertension was performed.1 Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.* This is a serious disease resulting from inadequate oxygen exchange between the lungs and the blood. It generally results in low oxygen levels in the blood.

* The body has two circulatory systems – one for the entire body except the lungs, and one for the lungs. In the latter (the pulmonary system), blood flows from the heart to the lungs to be oxygenated, and then back to the heart to be pumped throughout the rest of the body.

Diseases such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema may impede the flow of air in and out of the lungs (as can obesity), thus making pulmonary hypertension worse over time.

These diseases are greatly aggravated, or caused in the first place, by smoking, which is the equivalent of voluntary self-administration of poison.

Supplementation with arginine offers substantial improvements in blood flow, and thus tissue oxygenation, in patients with congestive heart failure.

In the study, 19 patients (4 men and 15 women, average age 49 years) with clinically diagnosed pulmonary hypertension were evaluated to determine the effect of oral arginine supplementation on blood flow. The patients were given a single dose of arginine (0.5 g per 10 kg of body weight – equivalent to 3.5 g for a 70-kg, or 155-pound, person), and their cardiovascular response was measured over the next two hours.

Modest but significant differences were observed in pulmonary blood pressure, which decreased from 53 to 48 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury, the standard unit of measure for blood pressure). In addition, the researchers observed a 16% decrease, on average, in the resistance to blood flow in the arteries of the lungs. Thus, blood flow was substantially improved. Importantly, no changes in heart rate were detected between the treatment and control groups.

Arginine Increases Exercise Capacity

The same group of patients also participated in a separate study to measure exercise capacity (except for three individuals who could not tolerate the maximum exercise level, so 16 patients were left). For one week, nine patients in the treatment group supplemented their diets with 0.5 g of arginine per 10 kg of body weight three times daily (equivalent to 10.5g/day for a 155-pound person), and the other seven patients took placebo. After one week of this regimen, the researchers measured exercise capacity in all the patients by assessing their performance on a stationary bicycle: the patients pedaled at 55 rpm for one minute, and the work rate was increased incrementally until they reached their maximum exercise capacity.

One week of arginine supplementation increased peak oxygen volume by 8% and exercise capacity by 12%.

One of the measurements used in this study was the volume of oxygen consumed by each patient during a one-minute interval (referred to as the peak oxygen volume). Following arginine supplementation for one week, patients increased their peak oxygen volume by 8%, from 831 to 896 ml/min (milliliters per minute). In addition, the patients’ exercise capacity increased by 12%, meaning that they were capable of cycling at a higher resistance level than those in the control group (in whom both of these experimental measures remained unchanged during the study).

Nitric Oxide Reduces Hypoxic Stress

The results described above – improvements in blood flow, blood pressure, and exercise capacity – are believed to be due to the increased synthesis of nitric oxide brought about by arginine. If NO can help alleviate the problem of inadequate oxygen delivery to the body’s cells because of pulmonary hypertension, could it also help in cases of high-altitude hypoxia?

Hypoxia is a lack of oxygen, a condition that can become severe at very high altitudes. A group of researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland observed that natives of Bolivia and Tibet who live at 3900-4200 meters (12,800-13,800 feet) in the Andes or Himalayas produce higher levels of nitric oxide than Americans who live at low altitudes, near sea level.

2 In fact, the Tibetans have nitric oxide levels approximately twice as high as those of lowland Americans. Not surprisingly, the oxygen saturation of their tissues during physical exercise is correspondingly higher at these elevations than it is in low-dwelling, acclimatized non-natives, such as Europeans and Chinese.

Nitric oxide increases hemoglobin’s oxygen-carrying efficiency, thus increasing oxygen delivery to the body’s cells – further evidence of the value of nitric oxide – and hence of arginine supplementation.

Based on these observations, the researchers decided to investigate whether increasing exposure to nitric oxide improves oxygen uptake by the lungs in individuals with artificially induced hypoxia at sea level. They found that as the amount of nitric oxide in the air breathed by the hypoxic individuals increased, so did oxygen uptake (remember, the level of oxygen in the air didn’t change during the experiment, only the amount of nitric oxide the subjects were exposed to).

The researchers suggested that the nitric oxide interacts with hemoglobin in the red blood cells in such a way as to increase its oxygen-carrying efficiency, thus increasing the amount of oxygen that can be taken up and delivered to the body’s cells. This is further evidence of the value of nitric oxide – and hence of arginine supplementation – for improving oxygenation in cases where that is desirable or necessary.

Why Increased Oxygen Delivery Improves Exercise Capacity

In the absence of oxygen, muscles don’t perform at their optimal capacity. This is well illustrated by the fact that you can sprint (an anaerobic event, i.e., one that does not involve oxygen consumption) for only a few seconds, whereas you can jog (an aerobic event, which does require oxygen) for hours – theoretically, at least, if not in practice.

The difference between these activities has to do with the amount of oxygen available to the muscle cells. During anaerobic events, such as sprinting or weightlifting, you simply can’t breathe fast enough to supply your muscles with all the oxygen they need to produce energy efficiently. During jogging or biking, on the other hand, you can breathe at a rate that supplies adequate oxygen to the muscles and can thus sustain the activity for a long time.

Why is oxygen so important for producing energy? For the same reason that wood can’t burn without oxygen. In our bodies, the substance that is “burned” to produce energy is glucose, a simple sugar. The process, called cellular respiration, occurs slowly and does not produce a flame, but it is otherwise analogous to ordinary combustion, leading ultimately to the end products carbon dioxide and water.

Cellular respiration takes place in our cells’ mitochondria, tiny structures that act as biochemical “powerhouses” for energy generation. The energy produced is stored primarily in the form of molecules of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which subsequently deliver it as needed through their participation in countless biochemical reactions throughout the body.

Actually, glucose can also be “burned” anaerobically (in the absence of oxygen), but this process, called glycolysis, is extremely inefficient by comparison with cellular respiration, producing only 7% as much energy. Now you can see why oxygen is so important: it greatly increases the efficiency by which you can produce energy to power your body.

Clearly, arginine is important for a number of vital body functions.

References:

Nagaya N, Uematsu M, Oya H, et al. Short-term oral administration of L-arginine improves hemodynamics and exercise capacity in patients with precapillary pulmonary hypertension. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2001;163:887-91.

Beall CM, Laskowski D, Strohl KP, et al. Pulmonary nitric oxide in mountain dwellers. Nature 2001;414:411-2.

Information sourced from LEH Magazine . 12/7/2010 editor, Will Block

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