Volume 4, Issue 22
June 2, 2011
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In the June issue of my newsletter, I introduce you to a new product that scientists at University of Texas Medical School in Houston developed to help your body produce more of a free radical. Now, you may think free radicals are dangerous. But that’s only when you have too many of them. Otherwise, they are absolutely critical for optimal health. And we’re finding that one of the healthiest free radicals is nitric oxide. In fact, a brand new study appeared recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association that details how important nitric oxide is for your bone health.
The researchers followed 243 postmenopausal women. This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled study — the best kind. In this study, the researchers had half of the women apply 15 mg of nitroglycerin ointment to their skin every night. The other half applied a placebo ointment. Once you absorb nitroglycerin, your body converts it into nitric oxide.
The researchers had the participants apply the ointments for two years. Here’s what they found: After two years, the spinal bone density in the nitroglycerin group had increased 8% more than the placebo group.
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They also measured the bone density in the hip. Once again the nitroglycerin group excelled. They had an increase of 10.7% better than the women using the placebo.
The researchers then measured the n-telopeptide levels in the urine of those taking the nitroglycerin. N-telopeptide is a biochemical marker that shows up in the urine when you lose bone. The higher the n-telopeptide levels, the more bone you’re losing. The women using the nitroglycerin had a 54% reduction in their n-telopeptide levels.
The only side effects they reported were headaches. A brief headache occurring right after using nitroglycerin is a common side effect. In this study, 35% of the women taking the nitroglycerin had these headaches.
How does it work? Nitric oxide acts to stimulate the activity of the cells that produce bone. We call these cells osteoblasts. In addition, nitric oxide acts to suppress the activity of the osteoclast cells. These are the cells that are responsible for tearing down bone.
So should you run right out and ask your doctor to start you on some nitroglycerin ointment? I don’t think so. Notice that both groups had improvement. And notice that the nitroglycerin group had only a very modest improvement over the placebo. Besides, it’s very easy to increase your nitric oxide levels without needing any drugs or the headaches that go along with them. Just exercise and eat plenty of leafy green vegetables. These are two proven ways to boost your nitric oxide levels naturally.
If that’s not enough, there’s also a new supplement that can increase your nitric oxide levels without the headaches. It’s Neo40. You can order it through Advanced Bionutritionals. There’s a lot more to nitric oxide, and I explain all the details in my newsletter. I even show you an easy way to measure your nitric oxide levels at home. If you’re a subscriber, you can read about it on my website. If you’re not a subscriber, you can easily sign up by following the same link.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
REF: Jamal SA, Hamilton CJ, Eastell R, Cummings SR. Effect of nitroglycerin ointment on bone density and strength in postmenopausal women: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2011 Feb 23;305(8):800-7.
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