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Blood Flow

Blood flow is a measure of blood circulation, and is independent of blood pressure. It can be increased either by reducing artherosclerotic plaque, or producing nitric oxide.

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Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect blood flow
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-a Notable Very High See all 20 studies
Blood flow appears to be increased in the body very reliably as assessed by flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD) by around 2%, affecting both healthy and unhealthy people. There may also be an increase in arterial blood flow which is less reliable.
grade-b Notable Very High See all 3 studies
An improvement in nitric oxide dependent blood flow appears to occur following procyanidin supplementation which has been noted in both unhealthy persons as well as healthy controls; there does not appear to be a per se hypotensive effect either.
grade-b Minor Low See all 6 studies
May increase blood flow secondary to activating nitric oxide, but due to the unreliability of increasing nitric oxide there is also unreliability in how arginine increases blood flow

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