Kelowna, BC / January 13, 2016 / Lexaria, Corp. (OTCQB:LXRP) (CSE:LXX) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has commissioned a study of nitric oxide levels in humans, as a biomarker for absorption of cannabidiol. The study is expected to provide additional evidence of the efficient absorption of cannabidiol from Lexaria food products enhanced with hemp oil, by demonstrating the elevation of nitric oxide in the human body in response to product ingestion.
The 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Dr. Louis Ignarro, Robert F. Furchgott and Ferid Murad for their discovery that nitric oxide is a signaling molecule responsible for dilation of blood vessels. “In the heart, nitric oxide is the body’s way of protecting against cardiovascular disease,” Ignarro said. “The arteries make nitric oxide to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to organs because it is a vaso-dialator, which means it widens or relaxes the arteries so that more blood can flow through, therefore lowering the pressure within the arterial system.” (www.news.usc.edu)
Nitric oxide levels in the body can be elevated through a variety of dietary sources including some of the ingredients found in Lexaria and ViPova food products. “An increase in nitrate intake can augment circulating nitrite and nitric oxide. Consumption of a nitrate-rich meal can lower systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure and increase large artery compliance acutely in healthy men and women. If sustained, these effects could contribute to better cardiovascular health.”(1) Lexaria believes that elevated nitric oxide levels after the ingestion of Lexaria food products could be of great interest to the health & wellness and fitness communities.
Another potent promoter of nitric oxide levels in the human body is the endocannabinoid anandamide, which is augmented significantly through administration of products that deliver bioavailable cannabidiol. In light of this fact, Lexaria has set out to demonstrate that its cannabinoid bioabsorption enhancing technology can augment nitric oxide levels in significant quantities. The study is testing the effects of nitric oxide levels following ingestion of several flavors of ViPova™ Tea, ViPova™ Coffee and Hot Chocolate, as well as both flavors of Lexaria Energy Foods’ protein-energy bars. Lexaria is specifically quantifying nitric oxide response secreted via the salivary glands.
Beyond serving as a biomarker surrogate for cannabidiol absorption, it is important to note that nitric oxide levels within the human body have important implications for overall health and wellness. Elevated levels of nitric oxide in the body have been shown to have many benefits ranging from anti-infective properties to athletic performance and endurance enhancing effects. Nitric oxide causes increased flow of oxygen and nutrients to tissues and simultaneous increased removal of toxins from tissues such as lactic acid which accumulates due to intense physical activity. Its half-life is measured only in seconds, meaning it must be produced by the body on a regular basis in order to be available for use.
“Dietary nitrate supplementation improved endurance during severe-intensity exercise in recreationally active subjects.”(2) Therefore, Lexaria’s study findings could have numerous health applications associated with stimulation of nitric oxide production in the human body due to the cannabidiol absorption enhancing properties of its technology, in addition to the other medicinal effects of cannabinoid administration in general.
Lexaria expects to conclude analysis and reporting of its study findings shortly and will announce the outcome soon.
Nitric Oxide is a different molecule from Nitrous Oxide or from Nitrogen Dioxide and should not be confused with either of them. Nitric Oxide is naturally produced by most animals, including humans.
(1) Effects of a nitrate-rich meal on arterial stiffness and blood pressure in healthy volunteers. Liu AH, Bondonno CP, Croft KD, Puddey IB, Woodman RJ, Rich L, Ward NC, Vita JA, Hodgson JM. October 2013
(2) Effects of nitrate on the power-duration relationship for severe-intensity exercise. Kelly J1, Vanhatalo A, Wilkerson DP, Wylie LJ, Jones AM. September 2013
Lexaria is a food sciences company focused on the delivery of active compounds that can behave as superfoods through its proprietary infusion technologies. Lexaria’s technology enables higher bioavailability rates for CBD; THC; NSAIDs; Nicotine and other molecules than is possible without lipophilic enhancement technology. This can allow for lower overall dosing requirements and/or higher effectiveness in active molecule delivery. Lexaria hopes to reduce other common but less healthy ingestion methods such as smoking as it embraces the benefits of public health. www.lexariaenergy.com
ViPovaTM uses only legal hemp oil extracts, grown from agricultural hemp in locations where it is legal to do so, in ViPovaTM-branded tea. ViPovaTM uses its patent-pending process to infuse concentrated amounts of hemp oil within lipids in its tea, providing more bioactivity and comfort to the body during the absorption process. Only ViPovaTM has this ground-breaking technology for hemp oil/lipid infusion. www.vipova.com
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