“You work out, you eat right, and you believe you are doing all you can to stay healthy. But what if you are missing a critical component that could help you take your health, fitness, and athletic performance to the next level?”
So starts the blurb on the back jacket of a forthcoming book from Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Louis Ignarro. I’m going to be blogging through his new book, “Health is Wealth: Performance Nutrition for the Competitive Edge.” I’m not sure when the book will become available for purchase. If you just can’t wait, I encourage you to purchase the original title from Dr. Ignarro, Health Is Wealth: 10 Power Nutrients That Increase Your Odds of Living to 100 . His upcoming book is based on the earlier work, but updated and revised specifically for athletes. You can purchase online from Amazon by following the link over in the right-hand column of this page, if you want the paperback version. Or, you can download the Kindle version for five bucks here: Health is Wealth (10 Power Nutrients That Increase Your Odds Of Living To 100)
I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as the latest version of “Health is Wealth” is released. In the meantime …
Dr. Ignarro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998 for his discovery of the importance of nitric oxide to the cardiovascular system. Our bodies naturally produce nitric oxide when we exercise, but we can stimulate the production of nitric oxide to further enhance fitness and to improve strength, endurance, energy and recovery. We’ll learn more about nitric oxide as we review “Health is Wealth,” but in a nutshell, this nutrient causes our blood vessels to dilate, allowing more blood, oxygen and nutrients to reach the tissues. Nitric oxide not only improves cardiovascular health, which improves athletic performance and endurance and enhances overall health, it also enables our bodies to combat disease more effectively.
Dr. Ignarro is revolutionizing sports nutrition and performance. Sports nutrition companies are now trying to capitalize on Dr. Ignarro’s research by offering products they claim boosts the body’s nitric oxide production. Some of those may be fine products; however, many of them fall short of the claims because they try to cut corners (and costs) and neglect key elements of Dr. Ignarro’s findings.
Dr. Ignarro, who has completed 13 marathons and is an avid cyclist, has translated his groundbreaking scientific research into some very practical steps that have benefited me and, I’m convinced, will improve your athletic performance as well. In “Health is Wealth: Performance Nutrition for the Competitive Edge,” he explains (in a very reader-friendly style) the role of nitric oxide in boosting athletic performance. He also writes about the 10 power nutrients (from his earlier “Health is Wealth” book) that will jumpstart your body into peak performance.
Here’s a brief video from Dr. Ignarro, answering the question, “What is nitric oxide?”