Today’s Product Review: Nitrinol, Natural Nitric Oxide Booster
Manufactured by Uniscience Group*
* located in Bridgeport CN, USA
Price on Amazon.com : $39.99 (multi-box deals available – As Low As $29.99)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Nitric Oxide and Blood Pressure
Research and Studies have shown that increasing levels of Nitric Oxide in the body helps manage blood pressure by dilating the vessels and thereby facilitating the flow of blood in the veins and arteries. This requires less pressure on the artery walls and makes the heart work less strenuously.
So, if the body is not able to produce enough Nitric Oxide (NO) naturally, then is it possible to improve this situation by simply using supplementation?
And if so then how effective is such supplementation?
Nitrinol by the Uniscience Group is one such supplement which claims amongst other things to “Support Circulatory Health.” Today I am going to take a closer look at the claims and the science to see if this product does indeed work.
Nitrinol – What’s it got to offer?
When I am reviewing a product I usually consider three things:
- What are the ingredients and do they work, either individually, and better still in combination?
- Is the science behind the product reliable?
- What actual users have to say about the effectiveness of the product?
With that in mind let’s delve deeper into this product!
Looking at the product label the ingredients include Vitamin C, Riboflavin and Niacin and then
the Nitrinol Proprietary Blend. The latter is worth taking a closer look at since it’s clear that the ingredients mentioned above are actually included in this Proprietary Blend! (note: Ascorbic acid is another name for Vitamin C)
- Beet root extract – is high in nitrates which are converted to nitric oxide in the body.
- Sodium Nitrate – converts to sodium nitrite when ingested and is then further transformed into nitric oxide.
- Niacin (Vitamin B3) – causes dilation of the blood vessels which helps reduce blood pressure.
- Ascorbic Acid – Vitamin C’s diuretic effects have been found to support lower BP. But amounts taken need to be around 500mg daily, about 5 times the recommend daily dosage.
- Melon Juice concentrate – in the form called Extramel – an extract which contains the antioxidant superoxide dismutase, or SOD, which is actually a preventative antioxidant. Helps with lipid control and build up of arterial plaque.
- L-Arginine HCL – converts to Nitric Oxide when ingested. Research has shown a modest effect on reducing BP.
- Riboflavin – Vitamin B2 which has been shown to reduce BP in about 10% of the population who have a genetic factor linked to this Vitamin. (For further reading on this click here)
So, all of the above ingredients have indeed been shown to help reduce blood pressure, and taken together should have a synergistic effect and pack a stronger punch!!
The Science backing up the Product – is it sound?
Nitric Oxide has been described as the major “chemical signaller” produced in the circulatory system to relax your arteries and to control your blood vessels.
When your body produces enough Nitric Oxide (NO) you will experience better blood circulation, including maintained healthy blood pressure. Further, your body’s cells and organs will receive optimal amounts of nutrient-rich blood and oxygen.
So, there appears to be no doubt amongst the experts regarding the importance of sufficient levels of NO in the body.
The co-discoverer of NO’s role in heart health Dr Louis Ignarro actually called Nitric Oxide:
“The most significant molecule in your body, absolutely crucial for your well-being.”
Okay, so why is Nitric Oxide so important?
Well simply put it all has to do with the cell lining of the blood vessel walls – the Endothelium. The endothelial cells’ job is to react to the physical conditions in the blood vessels. For example, when they sense the demands from the muscles and heart as a result of physical exercise, they go to work to produce more nitric oxide. And in the process the vessels get a workout themselves which is vital for good health as the NO maintains open and flexible arteries.
Without sufficient levels of NO arteries will stiffen and become liable to poorer blood circulation, which is eventually harmful to all parts of your body, including your heart, brain and other vital organs.
Different studies have looked at the effect of NO on blood pressure, and one in particular concentrated on the consumption of vegetables high in nitrates on both systolic and diastolic BP.
The results were impressive!!
Three hours after having consumed 500ml of beet juice, the blood pressure levels of the volunteers involved in the study were measured and ….
a reduction of on average 10mm/Hg (systolic) and 8 mm/Hg diastolic was noted.
Moreover the researchers found that the beet juice helped protect the endothelial cells, improved restricted blood flow in the forearm, and even lowered clotting of the blood.
Ok, so the science around Nitric Oxide and its importance in regulating blood pressure is indeed sound!!
What do Users of Nitrinol have to say?
Reviews on Amazon were mixed (see chart opposite)
This appears to be a product which either works really well, as indicated by those who gave it 4 or 5 stars. Of note here is that some people were taking it for the overall effects of boosting NO in their systems, such as improved blood flow to hands and feet.
Or, it doesn’t work at all! One person found the flushing effect of the Niacin in the product was severe and thus could not be taken. This is a temporary effect of Niacin which can be reduced by taking the dosage with food. The flushing is usually most apparent in the face and upper body.
My Take on Nitrinol
Like any supplements there is always the variable of individual makeup to throw into the mix. So, naturally for some this product will produce the desired effects, whilst for others it unfortunately will not.
Looking at the ingredients I believe that this product will work. In my opinion, the synergistic effect of all ingredients combined should improve the effectiveness of the supplement.
The NO test strips which accompany the order will certainly show how well the supplement is increasing your levels of NO. And I am confident that the ingredients themselves will work in helping to reduce blood pressure.
However, I am a little concerned by all the “other ingredients” listed on the label, as this can sometimes be an indication of the overall quality of the product. Inferior products often use these so-called “other ingredients” as fillers, which may affect potency of the product. This may not be the case here but there are rather a lot of them, I must say!
In conclusion I would agree with the rating above and give Nitrinol a
3.5 out of 5!!
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