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Research by Nobel Prize Winner Ferid Murad '58 Leads to New Supplement for Cardiovascular Health

Research by Nobel Prize Winner Ferid Murad '58 Leads to New Supplement for Cardiovascular Health

December 12, 2004

December 12, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - A new, innovative nutritional supplement for cardiovascular health has been developed, "based on 28 years of research by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ferid Murad," a 1958 graduate of DePauw University. An item at Yahoo! News tells of the development of Cardio Discovery®, now available from Leiner Health Products. "Cardio Discovery helps support the cardiovascular system by increasing production of nitric oxide. Naturally produced in the body, nitric oxide helps to maintain the flexibility of veins and arteries so that blood flows freely. Cardio Discovery contains the amino acids L-arginine and L-glutamine. L-arginine is one of the body's key nutrient sources for nitric oxide production, which is necessary for the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system."

The text notes, "In 1998, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Dr. Murad and two colleagues for their discovery on the importance of nitric oxide to the functioning of the cardiovascular system. Dr. Murad discovered that nitroglycerin pills, used by heart patients for a century, work because they release nitric oxide into the blood stream. No one knew how nitroglycerin worked until Murad identified the nitric oxide component. Based upon this discovery, we now know the role nitric oxide plays in cardiovascular murad cardio discovery.jpghealth and its essential nature in maintaining the flexibility of blood vessels to support healthy blood flow."

"The discovery of nitric oxide and its effects on the cardiovascular system is a major scientific breakthrough," says Dr. Murad, director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and chair of the university's department of integrative biology and pharmacology. "Using this research to create a product like Cardio Discovery provides consumers with a convenient, affordable solution to address their heart health. More Americans need to take control of their cardiovascular health and combining a healthy lifestyle with Cardio Discovery can help them do that."

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Ferid Murad received an honorary degree from DePauw at the University's 165th commencement last May. Access a story that includes a video clip of Dr. Murad here (the video is also embedded below). Read the 1998 announcement of Murad's Nobel Prize here.