Everyone wants that extra edge in the gym, right? That’s where supplements come into the picture to take your training beyond what you can achieve through exercise and nutrition alone. Supplements that promote nitric oxide’s (NO) effects have great potential for serious athletes and dedicated weight trainers. That potential includes increased blood flow, oxygen transport and delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle— all factors that help promote the growth and repair of muscle fibers and provide a better pump.

Nitric oxide boosters such as Nitrosigine® are one of the hottest categories of supplements for athletes and anyone who trains seriously, as nitric oxide helps regulate and direct muscle physiology and increases blood flow to working muscles. This leads to increased oxygen transport and delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle (hence the “pump” that many athletes have described from these products), helping to promote the repair of muscle fibers and improve lactic acid (lactate) clearance. And since more lean body mass means your metabolic rate will be increased 24/7, more lean muscle will act as an internal furnace in your body to burn more fat.

One way to reap the benefits of nitric oxide is to supplement with the amino acids citrulline or arginine. Although citrulline and arginine both stimulate NO production for greater muscular endurance while also stimulating mTOR-driven muscle growth, citrulline has clearly been shown to be a much more potent activator of both functions because of better bioavailability. Furthermore, citrulline’s greater activity produces the additional benefit of increased strength— making it an ideal choice for any serious weight trainer who wants a lean, ripped physique.

The beneficial results of nitric oxide’s enhanced vasodilatation include increased oxygen transport, delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle, muscle fiber repair and improved muscle endurance— key components of a successful weight-training program. Nutrition 21 has launched Nitrosigine®, a patented complex of arginine and silicon that is designed to increase NO levels and can help performance and give you the edge you’re looking for.