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Heart of Old or a Pot of Gold?


St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and with it comes the age-old legend of lucky leprechauns and rainbows that lead to heaping pots of gold. Chasing down “the luck of the Irish” has proven to be an exhausting quest for many who have tried to find this lucky treasure.

The good news is that your own lucky treasure isn’t that hard to find. What if we told you it’s really not luck you need for such a pursuit, but a healthy heart?

As you get older, so does your heart. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 Americans die of heart-related disease every year – both men and women are affected by this statistic. Hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries), diabetes, obesity, and even physical inactivity can all contribute to heart attacks, strokes, and even death.

With 75 trillion cells being supplied with blood from the heart, this organ is one of the strongest in your body. The heart generates it’s own electrical impulse, and can beat outside of your body as long as it is connected to a steady source of oxygen.

What’s O Got 2 Do With It?
Oxygen (or O2) is the molecule that gives life to your blood cells. The more oxygen-rich your blood cells, the healthier they are and the younger your Heart feels.

Even if River Dancing Isn’t Your Thing…
Or maybe it is. Physical activity is a great way to get the blood moving. Being active is easier the higher your blood oxygen level. This is because with increased exertion, your heart is under more pressure to perform and it needs oxygen to do so efficiently. To maintain high blood oxygen levels and to ensure cells are getting an adequate supply of oxygen-rich blood at all times, there is a simple solution.

Our Favorite “Acushla”
Acushla is a term of endearment the Irish use to describe someone they see as darling. The word more literally translates to “pulse” or “vein.” The darling we speak of is no other than the gaseous signaling molecule Nitric Oxide, which resides in the inner lining of blood cells called the endothelium. The University of Florida has dubbed this molecule “the spark of life in the cell” for one simple reason: it is ubiquitous in every cell that travels throughout the body and without high-levels of Nitric Oxide production, the respiratory cycle is in danger. If oxygen is hindered, the heart is too. Researchers are considering rewriting the science behind the respiratory cycle, since new evidence points to a three-gas system comprised of oxygen, carbon dioxide and Nitric Oxide.

A Heart of Gold
By simply supplementing your cells with the Nitric Oxide they rapidly lose over time with age, you can turn your heart of old into your own pot of gold. Living life without restriction and being able to do all the things you love without disease and pain is one of the richest treasures there is.

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