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Benefits of Nitric Oxide for Employees

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With so many factors contributing to heart disease, and so many fads reportedly fighting against it, it is hard to keep up with what is actually effective. Even more troubling for employers on this issue is the thought of attempting to ensure their employees are healthy and at minimal risk of cardiovascular diseases and other complications.

Before anyone attempts to go down that road, we are presented with an equally difficult question; how would a company even begin to find out where their employees stand? And even if we knew the answer to that, what would we do next?

What is Nitric Oxide?

Nitric oxide is a messenger gas that aids the overall health of virtually each and every cell in the human body. Its most important function, aside from the relief of an abundance of diseases and medical conditions, is the role it plays in cardiovascular health.

Simply put, nitric oxide regulates the widening and relaxing of arteries that regulate blood flow. Without it, our arteries can become constricted and plaque buildup can become rampant, which leads to the onset of various diseases and potentially even stroke.

“For the past 15 or 20 years, we thought the first manifestation of nitric oxide deficiency would be high blood pressure,” says Dr. Nathan Bryan, one of the biggest proponents of nitric oxide and the author of ‘The Nitric Oxide (NO) Solution.’ “It’s probably one of the most important molecules that your body makes. So now we know it’s the main molecule involved in every biological system in the body.”

Nitric oxide is among the most important chemicals involved with the health of your arteries. It is produced in the lining of our blood vessels and is largely responsible for facilitating the flow of blood through the veins. When blood is flowing correctly, it is not being stopped by fatty deposits on your blood vessel walls, and vice versa. Nitric oxide allows the regulation of the size of our arteries and promotes healthy blood flow.

There are a number of foods that can significantly boost the nitric oxide content in the bloodstream. Many experts and medical professionals refer to these foods as “green foods” because many green vegetables, such as kale and spinach, are high in NO content. However, there are a number of other foods, such as red wine and dark chocolate, that contain a significant amount of nitric oxide.

Now What?

So what could employers possibly do to regulate the nitric oxide content in their workforce? Visit the InjuryFree Health & Safety Challenges page to learn more about how friendly competitive challenges in the workplace can effect healthy changes amongst an employee population. Give an InjuryFree team member a call today to learn more at (800) 445-3519.

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