Nitric Oxide

What is the deal about Nitric Oxide?   Is this a new supplement I need to be taking?  What does it do for our bodies?  Let’s see if I can find some answers to these questions.


First, Nitric Oxide is already produced by the body and is very different from the nitric oxide used in dentistry or the racing industry.  The Nitric Oxide that our bodies produce helps its 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals through the entire body.


Nitric Oxide has been shown to be important in regulating blood pressure by relaxing and dilating arteries, allowing blood, nutrients and oxygen to travel to every part of your body.  Nitric Oxide is also critical in these other cellular activities:

·        Increases endurance and strength, as athletes and body builders know

·        Helps memory by transmitting information between nerve cells

·        Assists with a healthy inflammation response

·        Improves sleep quality

·        Increases blood flow to the heart

·        Improving sexual health


So, this is good news!  But, where does Nitric Oxide come from and how can we be sure we have enough it in our bodies to reap some of these benefits?


Supplement your diet with ingredients known to help naturally stimulate and feed the body’s nitric oxide cycle.


Eating foods rich in the amino acids l-arginine and l-citrulline is a good place to start.  Some of these foods are pomegranates, watermelon, citrus and dark chocolate containing 85% cocoa.


Nitrate containing foods are also thought to contribute positively to the body’s NO production.  Beets top this list, and includes spinach, kale, arugula, seafood, meats, cheese, eggs, garlic and walnuts.


(The nitrates in these food suggestions occur naturally and most are also high in the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C.  The nitrates and nitrites associated with contributing to cancer risks are best known as the nasty pink chemical preservatives -added- to cured meats and hot dogs, and the information can be confusing.)


Also, engage in activities known to help naturally boost Nitric Oxide.  We hear this often, but this suggestion is as simple as exercise.  A 20-30-minute daily walk counts!  And get some sunlight in the process!


Nitric Oxide is not a product, per se, that is purchased as a supplement in a health food store. There are some supplements that contain NO boosters like l-citrulline. Seeking those ingredients, foods and activities that boost an increase in what the body already makes will help bring the desired healthful benefits.


Surprisingly, the overuse of antibacterial mouthwash is detrimental to our body’s NO production.  Mouthwash?  Well, I didn’t do well in chemistry 101, but apparently a conversion of nitrate to nitrite takes place in the beneficial bacteria of the mouth that allows nitric oxide to produce well in the body.


Okay.  I think I’m ready to energize and hopefully you found some of this information helpful.  I’m going to grab a glass of beet juice, take a good long walk while the sun is shining.  Oh, and toss my Listerine!


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