FAQ’s about Cardio 5000
L-arginine and Nitric Oxide based nutrition is a little different than other types of supplementation. So we are going to cover a few questions that are posed quite frequently.
1. What makes Cardio 5000 different than other L-arginine and Nitric Oxide supplements?
When we formulated the Cardio 5000 there were three things we focused on that makes us different:
1. It’s all about Nitric Oxide! We DID NOT try to make a multi-vitamin out of Cardio 5000. We chose nutrients that MAKE nitric oxide such as L-arginine and pomegranate. We also use nutrients that SUSTAIN nitric oxide like L-citrulline. And finally, because nitric oxide only lasts 5 seconds it is important to PROTECT nitric oxide. For this benefit we added antioxidant vitamins C, D, E and berries and fruits like tart cherry, grape seed grape skin extract, and more.
2. You are not what you eat… You are what you ABSORB. We did two things to help with this. We added trace minerals and a proprietary blend of herbs that increase absorbability by 160% called DeltaZorb. These nutrients are too important not to get the full benefit.
3. It tastes great! This is saying a lot considering arginine tastes awful ( have heard people say that it tastes like gasoline, dirty socks and old fish that should have been thrown out 3 days ago!). Many people will say, “If it’s good for me, I will take anything”. In my experience this is a lie. If people are going to take something long term it must taste good.
2. Why is there “sugar” in the Cardio 5000?
Actually, there is no “sugar” in it as most people think of sugar. In other words, there is no white, refined, table sugar. To understand this if you look at the nutritional information on a carton of orange juice it says that there are 27 grams of sugar in an 8 oz. glass. In the Cardio 5000 there is 5 grams of sugar (a fifth of what is in orange juice). These are naturally occurring sugars from juices of grapes, blueberries, blackberries, other juices and cane juice. This is why it tastes so good!
3. What about this negative study about taking arginine if you have had a heart attack?
This study has been referred to often and has caused many people to be turned off from taking arginine. I have seen several rebuttals to these studies by very well respected doctors. On is by Dr. Prendergast who has used arginine in his own practice for over 17 years with amazing results (He reversed his own plaque using it).
Here is the rebuttal: Dr-Joe-Response-to-Negative-JAMA-Article
Also, cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra in his book “Reverse Heart Disease Now” gives his take on why he did not like the study and why he recommends arginine to his patients.
4. What should I do if I get digestive upset?
Digestive upset and diarrhea are fairly common side effects of taking arginine. That being said I have not seen those symptoms quite as much since recommending Cardio 5000. I believe it is because we have digestive support in the product. If you get these symptoms you can: Start with half a dose and work up, divide up your daily dose and take smaller amounts throughout the day, or take your Cardio 5000 with a carbohydrate snack (fruit or bread), but NOT proteins as these can interfere with absorption. Typically if you do get loose stool or digestive issues it means you are detoxing and things will get back to normal soon.
5. When should I take it?
Cardio 5000 is always best absorbed between meals (at least 20 mins before or after). There are some advantages to taking it just before bed for better sleep, restoration and anti-aging benefits (although some get too much energy from it and cannot take it right before bed).
6. How much should I take?
The general rule of thumb is one scoop for general health. 5000 mg of arginine and 5000 iu of vitamin D have been shown to be both therapeutic and preventative. However, if you have compromised health, double, triple and even quadruple these amounts have produced the desired results.
7. Are there any studies on Cardio 5000?
In a word, no. But, there are thousands of studies on arginine, vitamin D, antioxidants and all the other ingredients in Cardio 5000. So my recommendation is give it a try and see if it works for YOU. We give you a full four month guarantee that it will! Try getting that at your local vitamin store.
8. I have heard that taking arginine can cause plaque regression. If so, where does the plaque go? Is this dangerous?
Six years ago, I heard an expert on arginine say that the plaque melts slowly and efficiently through the artery wall called the muscularis. This means that nothing breaks off into the blood stream. In fact, it has been shown that arginine and increasing nitric oxide actually helps to prevent soft plaques from rupturing (which is very dangerous).
9. How long do I have to take Cardio 5000?
My response to this is, “As long as there is breath in my lungs and life in my bones, I am going to take it!” These nutrients are just too important for me to ever stop taking them.
10. Can I take it along with my medications?
Yes. If you are taking a blood pressure medication or drugs like Viagra you should take it 2 hours a part from that. Continue to get your check-ups to see if you may be able to reduce your meds as you get healthier. You can ask your doctor if there are any contraindications for taking these nutrients with your meds.
11. Isn’t 5000 iu of vitamin D too much?
Evidentially, not if it is vitamin D3. This is what your body makes from the sun. In fact you make at least 10,000 iu when you go in the sun. The doctors from the vitamindcouncil.org say that 5,000 iu is a minimum for healthy adults and at least double that for those with chronic illness.
12. Doesn’t arginine cause herpes virus (HSV) to break out?
It can cause herpes to activate. However, if you are prone to this you can take 1,000 mg of L-lysine at a different time as the arginine to prevent this.