How to improve Blood Circulation, and Role of Mitochondria and Nitric Oxide
This episode of Anti-Aging Hacks is all about our circulation or vascular system which transports blood, oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in our bodies.
Here are four key areas we discuss:
- We understand impacts of aging on our circulation system
- We understand what role Mitochondria play in our circulation system
- We discuss the impact of exercise and antioxidants for improving health of our circulation system and keeping it working really well
- We understand role of Nitric Oxide in expanding the blood vessels and reducing blood pressure, and how to get more Nitric Oxide
Our guest today is Dr. Song-Young Park. He completed his post-doctoral research fellowship in department of cardiology at Boston University School of Medicine, and earned his PhD in integrative physiology from the University of Utah in 2015. Utilizing an integrative approach, Dr. Song-young Park's research examines the impact of age and disease on circulation systems and blood pressure regulation.
Dr. Park is specifically focused on the complex interactions of endothelial function, oxidative stress, and blood circulation in terms of blood pressure regulation in diseased populations including peripheral artery disease (PAD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, and hypertension. He is also interested in the impacts of age and cardiovascular disease on blood flow in the brain.
Before we start, I want to explain a few items:
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in North America and worldwide.
Mitochondria live in every cell of our bodies, they are the power plants of about every living animal and plant. They take the nutrients in our body such as the sugars, fats and proteins and turn them into energy. They also need oxygen to create this energy. We will be talking about mitochondria a lot more in future episodes, but lets move on for now.
The vascular or circulation system contains the vessels that carry blood and lymph through the body. The arteries carry blood which is full of oxygen to all the cells of body. The veins take away tissue waste from the body.
Endothelium is the most inner layer of the blood vessels.
Dr. Song-Young Park bio
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