Nitric oxide is a naturally-occurring compound in the body and is also available as a performance-boosting supplement for athletes. Nitric oxide supplements are typically used to increase cardiovascular endurance and reduce recovery time from injury, but they can also improve cardiovascular wellness and bone and joint health, as well as increase the ability to perform learning and memory tasks.

Nitric oxide is primarily recognized for its role as a vasodilator in the cardiovascular system — the compound acts to relax the walls of blood vessels throughout the body, thereby increasing blood flow and preventing the development of high blood pressure. The compound also slows the development of cardiovascular disease by preventing the formation of plaque on the inner walls of blood vessels. Finally, nitric oxide is important in maintaining effective pumping action of the heart; if there is not enough nitric oxide present, the heart may not pump efficiently enough to deliver blood to all parts of the body.






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Protective Sports Eyewear

Not long ago, athletes rarely wore eyewear specifically designed to protect their eyes during sports, and sports-related eye injuries were widespread.

Today, sports googles  can be spotted on almost anyone who picks up a ball, bat, racquet or stick — whether they play in the major leagues or the Little League.

Fortunately, coaches, parents and players now realize that wearing protective eyewear for sports pays off in several ways. The risk of eye damage is reduced, and the player’s performance is enhanced by the ability to see better. In fact, many athletic and fitness clubs today do not permit their members to participate without wearing proper eye gear.

Initially, there was some resistance by children to “looking funny” when they wore protective eyewear. Today, sports goggles are an accepted part of everyday life, much the way bike helmets have become the norm. In addition, both children and adults like the image that wearing protective eyewear gives them: It shows they mean business on the playing field.


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Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

What Is A Wrist Brace?

Wrist Supports  are garments that can be used to treat as well as prevent injury by providing enhanced stability to the joint. A wrist brace is a garment that is worn around the wrist so as to protect it during strong or overuse of the wrist or for allowing the wrist to heal from injury. In fact wrist braces are common accessories in injury rehabilitation processes, affecting the wrist. They immobilize the wrist joint and provide heat and compression to the wrist bones and the ligaments.

Wrist braces are made of a rigid tissue nylon fabric, or neoprene that allows restricted mobility of the hand and wrist and are generally fixed with velcro. You need to use a wrist brace if you experience numbness, pain in the hand or wrist, or if you have weak or injured wrist, suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or if you have bent wrist during sleeping.

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Arch support is a term being used a lot in runners community.

Try shopping for a running shoe and you will be advised to determine your foot type. Know if you have an abnormally high or low arch. See if you tend to overpronate or underpronate and choose a shoe accordingly.

People with flat feet should get motion control shoes.

People with high arch should look for more balance or cushion.

People with normal arch but moderate pronation should go for stability shoes.

This sounds like science and we are duly impressed.

Besides, anything that promises lower injury risk, better performance, or running economy will catch our attention.

Pros – Findings & arguments in favor of arch support

  • Motion control shoes can help reduce pronation (even though it is a small 2% improvement)
  • Feet with normal arch absorb the shock better than high arches
  • Orthotic device can help high arches with shock absorption
  • Othotics result in better posture and stability for clinical population. However, it made little or no difference for the healthy population.
  • Vibrating insoles have shown improvement in balance and agility for athletes
  • Over pronation can result in a relatively high injury rates in the leg and foot region

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1/11     Activewear for women and their workouts are a major part of fitness success. Here are some tips .

Even if you have a whole drawer full of trendy leggings, chances are, there’s one pair you’ll dig through them all to find. You know the pair that’s survived all your barre, bootcamp, can yoga classes—and are comfy enough to lounge around in for hours before or after?

We asked Well+Good readers to reveal their very favorite, most dependable pair, and the answers were passionate. (People have feelings when it comes to leggings.) Rounded up here are the brands that got the most praise, from the 100-plus responses.

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Nose strips “work” like a band-aid, as each strip is coated with a strong adhesive. Set one on your nose, wait a few minutes, and rip it away to magically reveal all the little blackheads you didn’t even know you had. While it’s true you are in fact successfully removing pieces of blackhead junk from your nose, the strips do nothing to actually treat and reduce blackheads from recurring. Swap out T-Swift’s “band-aids don’t fix bullet holes” with “band-aids don’t fix black headsssss” and you get the idea.

According to Delirious Ideas, whether pore strips actually work has a lot to do with how you use them. If you’re sticking them on without wetting your nose with hot water or not getting them in all of the creases of your nose, it likely won’t work. However, if you follow the directions correctly, there’s a good chance those blackheads will come off when your take them off.

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Many people are dis-satisfied with conventional medicine and have been turning to alternative healthcare for treatment of obesity. Even though there are hundreds of health supplements touted to help people lose weight, most are scams and are not effective.

One supplement that has received attention is Omega 7 fatty acid. Anecdotal reports persist in the literature and on many websites about the weight loss that can occur with the novel omega 7 fatty acid.

Recent studies indicate that this exotic supplement can counter the risk factors that are responsible for the metabolic syndrome, something which has not been possible with current conventional medical therapy. Not only can omega 7 reduce the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, it does this at much lower cost than pharmaceutical medications.

Several studies have reported that omega 7 acids can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, prevent build up of the atherosclerotic plaque and lower the inflammatory marker, known as C-reactive protein. Other studies show that omega 7 can improve insulin sensitivity, increase levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) and lower the bad cholesterol (LDL). By modulating these risk factors, omega 7 not only improves overall healthy but also reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Casein Protein is the other predominant form of protein found in milk and makes up roughly 80% of the protein found in cow’s milk. Much like whey, casein also contains a host of bioactive peptides that have additional properties beyond their muscle building capacity. Casein is the Yin to Whey’s Yang.

Casein protein is often misconstrued in the popular media and the nuances of it are not well discussed. This expert guide will wade through a lot of the marketing hype and give you the information you need to know about it.

We will break down what it is, how it is made, the different forms of it, and some of the most frequently asked questions regarding its use.

Based on what we currently know, which is quite a lot, casein appears to be perfectly safe for human consumption.

There is this age-old myth that protein supplements hurt your kidneys. Well this just isn’t true. Not at all. In fact, every singly study to date has shown that high protein intake literally does nothing bad to your kidneys if you are a normal healthy individuals. PROTEIN DOES NOT HURT YOUR URINE MAKERS.

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Surprising or not but Apple Cider Vinegar is a great asset in the fight against obesity.

Several human studies show that vinegar can increase satiety, help you eat fewer calories and lead to actual pounds lost on the scale.

For example, if people take vinegar along with a high-carb meal, they get increased feelings of fullness and end up eating 200–275 fewer calories for the rest of the day (1112).

A study in 175 people with obesity showed that daily apple cider vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat and weight loss (13):

  • 15 mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilograms.
  • 30 mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds, or 1.7 kilograms.

However, keep in mind that this study went on for 3 months, so the true effects on body weight seem to be rather modest.

That said, just adding or subtracting single foods or ingredients rarely has a noticeable effect on weight.

It’s the entire diet/lifestyle that counts and you need to combine several effective methods to see results.

Overall, it seems like apple cider vinegar is useful as a weight loss aid, mainly by promoting satiety and lowering blood sugar and insulin levels.

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There are a variety of supplements to chose when it comes to the subject of Memory Focus . Younger people forget things all the time, of course, but for their elders these lapses (the mislaid word, name, key or to-do list) call up the threat of permanent memory loss, as in Alzheimer’s disease, possibly the most feared of all disorders. Naturally, we yearn for a pill to prevent mental decline.

There are numerous dietary supplements marketed to improve memory. All sorts of herbs (notably ginkgo), vitamins and fish oil, as well as countless cocktails of herbs and other ingredients (such as Focus Factor, BrainReload, and Brain Alert), come with more or less blatant claims that they aid memory and mental ability. Here is a rundown of the widely promoted ingredients.

Ginkgo biloba


Huperzine A





Fish oil supplements





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