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Beware Of Nitric Oxide Boosters

Beware Of Nitric Oxide Boosters

Like the title says I would like to post my experience on taking these products on and off for the past 3 years. I have taken many NO boosting products such as AAKG, citrulline, citrulline malate, arginine, and products containing a mix of vitamins+5g arginine and 1g citrulline. As you notice these are the amino acids and not the preworkout type nitric oxide boosters such as jack3d, NOxplode and other bodybuilder supplements known to cause “stim dick.” All of the products I have taken will lose its effect in less than a month with the exception of the products containing 5g arginine and 1g citrulline. Those type products worked for me for a while and all of a sudden they stopped. My EQ went way down and I developed insomnia from anything containing arginine or citrulline. I actually thought I had a venous leak because my erections stopped getting any type of firmness and would immediately go down after not touching it. Also most days I had complete erectile dysfunction. This all started about 3 months ago. I experimented on and off the supplements and I noticed that off of them I got a full night’s sleep. On the products I would average 4 to 5 hrs of sleep with some nights barely getting 3 hrs. I would just literally be laying in bed trying to go to sleep the entire time. This also increased my blood pressure. These products do work really good for muscle pumps and vascularity in the gym but the side effects they give me are not worth taking it.

I also noticed on the products my nocturnal erections would be super soft to the point that they aren’t really erections. After 2 days of not taking the products I would actually have solid nocturnal erections throughout the night. I have been doing cardio daily as well(This didn’t help at all during the time I was taking NO supplements). For the longest time I couldn’t figure out how I got these negative effects with so much positive research to back arginine and citrulline.

Finally after googling some key terms I found the reasons why these products actually lower nitric oxide production with long term use. They upregulate super oxide and arginase production which actually breaks down the nitric oxide that is being produced. After only four days of not using the supplements anymore while still lifting weights and doing cardio my eq has improved since I quit the supplements. I can get hard erections with some stimulation but they aren’t that easy to achieve just yet. I read a post that I made about 3 years ago that said I achieved rock hard erections without nitric oxide products after 2 weeks. The most important thing is to do cardio 30mins a day and weight train 3 to 4 days a week. As long as I’m not taking NO supplements only NO production will increase without upregulation of the arginase and super oxide. These things are upregulated by the body to create homeostasis. Even though these are amino acids your body will still create homeostasis so that they don’t work as well as they did when you first started taking them.

7-20-16: BP: 7.63 NBP 6.75 x 5.75

3-22-17: BP: 8.44 NBP 7.56 x 5.75

I thought a few years ago I read a study that proved they didn’t even work.

You are not supposed to take AAKG all the time. As a “muscle” supplement, it is meant to be cycled. When it loses its effectiveness (stops working), you should stop taking it for 2 to 4 weeks. Then one can resume taking it.

Of course you know your body best, so your mileage may vary.

As with hormones, my understanding is that the body eventually acclimate to the oral administration and will downregulate nitric acid production, but only temporarily. But I think I also read elsewhere that you can avoid most of the shutdown if you cycle yourself off of the supplements at the right times, and that certain other supplements can cushion or prevent the downregulation.

This may be a mismemory, but I also remember reading that vitamin C can counteract some of Arginine’s drawbacks? I wonder if it or something else can help prevent the “shutdown”.

I started taking a vasogen and cutting my pre workout dose in half because of similar issues.

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