I am 23, male and extremely healthy and active, no physical problems. I’ve been trying out Asylum’s product “Altered State” NO product. It has been giving me great pumps and strength gains, but I threw in some suicide drills into one of my workouts before my anaerobic training and after the suicides and during my first exercise on the bench my heart rate was 160/60 for a steady 5 minutes after taking a break because my heart was about to jump out of my chest. Is this a normal reaction to nitric oxide when doing speed and endurance training? If so shall I refrain from use on those days? Anthony. [via Ask Questions]
Have you ever taken nitric oxide supplements before you took Altered State nitric oxide supplements? Have you ever taken any other nitric oxide supplements while performing anaerobic training?
Nitric oxide supplements, depending on their formulation, can be tricky. And nitric oxide supplements combined with anaerobic training can be even trickier. The reason for this is because anaerobic training, as you probably already know, is rather extreme.
Without going into too much detail, nitric oxide supplements are designed to saturate your blood with oxygen, but anaerobic training depletes your blood of oxygen, which triggers a process called anaerobic metabolism. Anaerobic metabolism or lactic acid fermentation, as it is sometimes called, triggers a chain of biological events that produce cellular energy, but this process is only possible when oxygen is completely depleted.
To make a long story short, it does not seem like a good idea to combine nitric oxide supplements with anaerobic exercises. Now let’s take a closer look at Altered State nitric oxide formula. Their nitric oxide supplements contain Xanthinol Nicotinate and Yohimbine.
Xanthinol Nicotinate is basically Niacin on “steroids.” While Niacin may be beneficial in some cases, it does have a number of side effects. For example, at high doses it can raise blood pressure. Yohimbine has a number of side effects as well, one of which is high blood pressure. Oh, and it can also cause a rapid heart rate.
As you can probably see by now, nitric oxide supplements seem to have enough “power” to create a condition similar to the one you have described. Nitric oxide supplements combined with something like anaerobic training or some other form of an intense exercise seem to increase the possibility of overloading your system even more.