About Dr. Louis Ignarro
I’m Dr. Lou Ignarro, and I was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in medicine for my discovery of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the human body, and many of it’s health protective roles. My goal is to use these discoveries to help eliminate cardiovascular disease.
After spending more than 40 years doing basic research I decided I wanted to bring my message to the world. Although trained as a pharmacologist, I want each and every person to begin on a natural path to good health. This does not mean you should not listen to the good advice of your doctor. The things I suggest work along side your normal routine. Let’s explore together the benefits of of exercise, healthy eating, and natural supplements.
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I won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1998, along with Robert F. Furchgott and Ferid Murad, for my research discoveries showing the powerful ability of Nitric Oxide (NO) to support cardiovascular health. My groundbreaking work—the basis for my 2005 best-selling book, NO More Heart Disease—established me as perhaps the world’s leading authority on nutritional approaches to cardiac wellness.
I sit on the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, which is composed of leading experts in the areas of health and nutrition. As part of my role with the organization, I also developed the formulation of the entire Herbalife cardio line.
I spent more than 40 years as a research scientist, seeking to understand the incredible role that NO plays in fostering optimal health. One of my most important discoveries was that antioxidants increase NO levels by protecting blood vessel walls from damage. As co-author of The New Heart Health and the Health Is Wealth series, I refined my research on NO to help people live healthy, active lives and support heart health.
I have a Ph.D. in pharmacology and am professor emeritus at UCLA, where I received 11 outstanding teacher awards voted by the medical students in the program. I am also a part-time professor at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In addition to my Nobel Prize, I’ve been honored to receive a number of awards, including the 2008 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association and the 2007 Medal of Merit from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. I am a former editor of the journal Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, sit on numerous scientific advisory boards, and travel the world speaking to professional and lay audiences about the incredible power of NO.
In addition to my professional pursuits, I serve as a board member of the nonprofit Operation USA. The organization helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. Learn more about Operation USA at www.opusa.org.
Awards at a Glance
- Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the International Academy of Achievement (2014)
- Canadian Medal of Merit (2008)
- Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association (2008)
- Medal of Merit from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (2007)
- Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the discovery of “nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system”; the prize was awarded with Robert F. Furchgott and Ferid Murad (1998)
- Research Prize of the American Heart Association in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science (1998)
- CIBA Award for Hypertension Research for discovery of the roles of Nitric Oxide and cyclic GMP in vascular function; the award is shared with Dr. Salvador Moncada (1995)
- Roussel Uclaf Prize for Cell Communication and Signaling in recognition of the discovery that “nitric oxide (NO), a radical gas, is a biological mediator in mammals”; the award was given with Dr. Salvador Moncada and Dr. Robert Furchgott (1994)
- Arthritis Foundation Research Award (1975-1977)
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Foundation Research Award (1973)