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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

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MORAES, Milton Rocha de et al. Protein supplementation does not increase nitric oxide plasmatic concentration in healthy men. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.2, pp.119-122. ISSN 1517-8692.

Nutritional supplements, theoretically able to increase endogenous nitric oxide (NO) production have experienced great popularity among physically active individuals. AIM: scientific evidence available regarding this issue is scarce. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a dietary supplement commercialized as a nitric oxide booster. MATERIALS AND METHODS: twelve sedentary men with no risk factors for cardiovascular diseases were supplemented with placebo or protein in two different occasions. The present study was conducted in a cross double-blind design. In order to assess plasmatic NO concentration, blood samples were obtained before (24hs and immediately before) and after (30 and 60 minutes) consumption of placebo (PLA) or protein supplement (SP). RESULTS: there was no difference in plasmatic nitric oxide concentration between both trails (Post-supplementation 30 min - PLA: 19.3±4.7 µmol.L-1 vs. SP: 18.9±4.4 µmol.L-1 and Post-supplementation 60 min - PLA: 21.3±6.5 µmol.L-1 vs. SP: 20.3±4.9 µmol.L-1). In addition, no difference was detected for arterial blood pressure. CONCLUSION: the dietary supplement analyzed in the present study failed to increase nitric oxide endogenous production.

Keywords : amino acids; nitric oxide; asodilatation; blood pressure.

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