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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181bdaf89
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Nitric Oxide Supplements for Sports

Bloomer, Richard J PhD, CSCS

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Abstract

NITRIC OXIDE-STIMULATING DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS ARE ARGUABLY THE MOST WIDELY ADVERTIZED AND PROMOTED AGENTS IN THE SPORT/BODYBUILDING NUTRITION ARENA TODAY. UNFORTUNATELY, THESE PRODUCTS HAVE LITTLE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR EFFECT, DESPITE THE MASSIVE HYPE THAT SURROUNDS THE AGGRESSIVE ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. WHILE SOME ANECDOTAL REPORTS SUGGEST A POTENTIAL BENEFIT FROM USING THESE PRODUCTS, ONE CANNOT RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A “PLACEBO EFFECT.” THE PURPOSE OF THIS REVIEW IS TO PRESENT INFORMATION RELATED TO THE ROLE OF NITRIC OXIDE IN SPORT PERFORMANCE AND TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE FOR THE USE OF NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS AIMED AT INCREASING NITRIC OXIDE.

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