Get a grip on clammy hands

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DO you ex­pe­ri­ence cold hands and feet af­ter sit­ting in the of­fice all day long? This of­ten hap­pens to women, es­pe­cially among desk-bound ex­ec­u­tives or those lead­ing seden­tary life­styles. Cold hands and feet are re­lated to blood cir­cu­la­tion and ni­tric ox­ide.

In 1998, Dr Louis Ig­narro won a No­bel Prize in Phys­i­ol­ogy or Medicine for his dis­cov­ery of ni­tric ox­ide’s role in the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem.

Since then, the pop­u­lar­ity of di­etary sup­ple­ments con­tain­ing L-argi­nine and L-cit­rulline has in­creased as both pro­mote the pro­duc­tion of ni­tric ox­ide.

Ni­tric ox­ide has been dubbed the “mir­a­cle mol­e­cule” as it fights off var­i­ous vas­cu­lar dis­eases and im­proves wound heal­ing and mus­cle gain.

L-argi­nine is an amino acid in­volved in the pro­duc­tion of ni­tric ox­ide – a key mes­sen­ger mol­e­cule in­volved in pro­tein pro­duc­tion, wound heal­ing, erec­tile func­tion and fer­til­ity. L-cit­rulline is an amino acid that plays an im­por­tant role in ni­tric ox­ide me­tab­o­lism and reg­u­la­tion.

In our body, L-cit­rulline is con­verted to L-argi­nine to sup­port both L-argi­nine and ni­tric ox­ide lev­els. The level of L-argi­nine in the body is crit­i­cal to the pro­duc­tion of ni­tric ox­ide.

There is a sci­ence be­hind ni­tric ox­ide func­tions and how in­creas­ing ni­tric ox­ide lev­els ap­pro­pri­ately can help with cir­cu­la­tion. Ni­tric ox­ide sig­nals the smooth mus­cles of the en­dothe­lium (in­ner lin­ing of blood ves­sels) to re­lax and con­strict to fa­cil­i­tate blood flow.

Op­ti­mal ni­tric ox­ide pro­duc­tion not only im­proves blood cir­cu­la­tion and vas­cu­lar health, it also as­sists in pro­mot­ing col­la­gen syn­the­sis and wound heal­ing.

An op­ti­mal level of ni­tric ox­ide is im­por­tant for ideal va­sodi­la­tion, lead­ing to im­proved blood cir­cu­la­tion and ben­e­fit­ing those who are di­a­betic, over­weight, lead­ing seden­tary life­styles or used to be ac­tive smok­ers.

In our body, L-cit­rulline is con­verted to L-argi­nine in the body to sup­port both L-argi­nine and ni­tric ox­ide lev­els. The level of L-argi­nine in the body is crit­i­cal to pro­duc­tion of ni­tric ox­ide.

If you fall in one of the men­tioned cat­e­gories, these are some symp­toms of poor blood cir­cu­la­tion you might be fac­ing:

l Cold hands and feet – Our blood flows con­sis­tently to keep our body at a healthy, com­fort­able tem­per­a­ture. Poor cir­cu­la­tion causes a chill in ar­eas of the body with many nerve end­ings such as the hands and feet.

l Tin­gling and numb­ness in ex­trem­i­ties – It is com­mon to ex­pe­ri­ence tin­gling sen­sa­tions and numb­ness in limbs that are in­ac­tive for too long. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates nor­mal numb­ness from poor cir­cu­la­tion is that those with the lat­ter con­di­tion ex­pe­ri­ence it more fre­quently, with symp­toms that last a few min­utes.

l Slow heal­ing of wounds among di­a­bet­ics – Good cir­cu­la­tion en­sures a good flow of nu­tri­ents and oxy­gen and plays an im­por­tant role in the heal­ing of wounds. Di­a­betic pa­tients typ­i­cally have poorer cir­cu­la­tion, lead­ing to a de­lay in wound heal­ing.

l Erec­tile dys­func­tion – Men with poor cir­cu­la­tion may ex­pe­ri­ence in­suf­fi­cient blood flow to their re­pro­duc­tive or­gans. It may then even­tu­ally lead to erec­tile dys­func­tion.

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