So just what is Nitric Oxide (NO)? Over 20,000 articles in the medical literature since 1980 attest that “absolutely everything in the body depends on it.” Its function in human physiology is so important that the American Academy of Science named Nitric Oxide the “Molecule of the year” in 1992. The Nobel Peace prize in Medicine was awarded to scientists who began the research on Nitric Oxide in 1998 and now NO has been referred to as “The Molecule of the Millennium”. Dr. Jonathan S. Stamler, a professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Centre, put it best when he said of Nitric Oxide:
1. Endothelial-derived NO diffuses out of endothelial cells (cells lining arteries and veins) and into smooth muscle cells of arteries enhancing relaxation and other properties of vascular physiology. Endothelial-derived NO also functions in platelets (blood cells responsible for blood clots) to inhibit aggregation or blood clotting.
2. Brain-derived NO affects several types of nerve cells and appears to be important in neurotransmitter pathways in both the central as well as peripheral nervous system and regulates the production and release of many hormones.
3. Macrophage-derived NO is important in the immune system. This type of NO helps macrophages (a type of immune cell) kill bacteria and tumour cells. So, NO is important to the nervous system, the immune system and the vascular system, which supplies nutrients to all parts of the body. Arginine, when combined with Oxygen, forms NO. Arginine, as found in Ark 1 – The Pink Drink is the source of all forms of NO.
The use of many of these drugs and the incidence of most of these disease conditions increase after the age of 40. Obviously it is also the age group most likely to benefit from the use of Ark 1 - The Pink Drink , though any age group can benefit. The 40 and above age group is also the most likely age group (both men and women) to want to use Ark 1 - The Pink Drink for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. In the genital tissue, NO triggers the release of c-GMP, which is a molecule that causes engorgement of this tissue. The arginine found In Ark 1 - The Pink Drink releases NO to make sure there is plenty of c-GMP.
Viagra, on the other hand, is a drug that blocks an enzyme to make sure there is plenty of c-GMP. Viagra® has been reported to be safe; however, the FDA public records suggest the opposite. These records reported that between April of 1998 and May of 1999 there were 1,473 adverse events including 255 serious heart rhythm disturbances, 53 episodes of congestive heart failure (weakened heart) 119 strokes, 517 heart attacks and 522 deaths.
Every major disease process today is directly or indirectly related to lack of NO. Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Hypercholesterolemia, Cancer, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Sickle Cell, Scleroderma, Renal Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension and Atherosclerosis are all associated with decreased levels of NO. With the exception of cancer, (where NO functions in the immune system), most of these disease processes involve the vascular system and endothelial derived NO.
The primary function of endothelial derived NO is vascular homeostasis, or balance. NO maintains vascular health by enhancing endothelial reactivity. The endothelium is the inner lining of the blood vessels and as long as the endothelium remains reactive, they are supple, pliable and flexible. They are able to respond appropriately to the various changes that occur in blood vessels in the course of normal and abnormal physiology, when NO decreases, the vessels become stiff and rigid. This is called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. When we develop atherosclerosis, the results are high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke and ultimately death.
The impact of the arginine in Ark 1 - The Pink Drink on preventative healthcare and anti-aging is profound, not to mention that it is a safe and effective replacement for the Viagra® type drugs.
Taken with Ark 2 – Micro (The Delivery Agent) the absorption, cellular healing & repair and then ultimately the effectiveness is also dramatically increased.