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Increasing Blood Vessel Flexibility and Blood Flow

Nitric oxide (N-O) is a gas produced in every tissue and organ in our body, specifically in the lining of blood vessels. N-O triggers a chemical reaction that tells arteries to relax, which leads to increased oxygen and blood flow. Research shows that N-O levels start dropping in our 30s, meaning it’s down 75 percent by our 70s.
   
Most adults over age 40 don’t produce enough N-O. Poor circulation leads to so many health problems because blood is what transports oxygen, nutrients and water, and carries away waste products. Early warning signs of low N-O levels can be poor circulation, high blood pressure, brain fog, achy joints, cold hands and feet, numbness and more. Chronic low levels of N-O can manifest as coronary artery disease, pulmonary disease, nervous system issues, Raynaud’s disease, kidney damage and stroke.
   
N-O levels can be boosted with fruits, vegetables and nutrients such as creatine nitrate. Foods high in argentine—such as protein found in nuts, beans, legumes and various meats like chicken and salmon—can also be helpful.

Dr. John R. Keifer, D.C. offers complimentary N-O tests at Keifer Wellness Center, 800 N. Swan Rd., #116, Tucson. Connect at 520-577-1717, [email protected] or KeiferWellnessCenter.com. See ad page 17.
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