On this Healthy Happenings, our doctors go into a deep discussion about Nitric Oxide. It can be one of the most important molecules in the human body because it’s a signaling molecule that’s responsible for blood vessel dilation and regulation of blood pressure. It is also a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and even helps our immune system fight off infections and pathogens.

Dr. Bryan worked on methods to detect nitric oxide gas and we’re just now learning about nitric oxide in the body, how we produce it and what can go wrong when people can’t produce it any more. Usually the first sign is blood pressure increasing and many people experience sexual dysfunction, you can lose insulin signaling, and chronic fatigue because of mitochondrial ATP production. People in turn need help “fixing” these nitric oxide pathways. Much of the root cause of disease can come from Nitric Oxide deficiency.

Some of the major pitfalls that inhibit Nitric Oxide production include, using antiseptic mouthwash that kills off good oral microbiota, proton pump inhibitors, and antiseptics that kill off good microflora on the skin. One of the most important factors to consider with Nitric Oxide is education because the general public still doesn’t know how important it is for bodily functions. Educating physicians and practitioners on nitric oxide deficiencies in their patients is very important as well. Besides diet and lifestyle changes, supplementation is very important, but you must look at the quality of the source. For example, a generic beet root product may not provide much nitric oxide, if any at all.

Dr. Nathan Bryan is an industrial researcher and adjunct assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine. He received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D from Louisiana State University. He studies nitric oxide restoration in humans, and he is co-founder of HumanN, a firm developing products to increase nitric oxide levels. Dr. Nathan Bryan has co-edited or written three books: Food, Nutrition & The Nitric Oxide PathwayNitrates and Nitrites in Human Health and Diseaseand Blood & Tissue Nitric Oxide Products.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women’s Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the ‘Daphne Blayden’ award for her ‘Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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