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Nitric Oxide and Foods

Nitric oxide is an important vasodilator that can produce many beneficial effects for humans, especially for athletes, since it increases blood flow thus improving the distribution of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Besides, it reduces blood pressure, increases muscular endurance, delays fatigue, improves athletic performance. accelerates recovery, develops cardiovascular resistance, among other benefits.

Some foods contain nitrates, flavonoids, coenzyme Q10 or amino acids such as Arginine or Citrulline, which stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the body naturally.

These foods are:

  • Beet, which is the food with the highest levels of nitrates among all plants.
  • Salmon is a very good source of coenzyme Q10.
  • Watermelon contains a large amount of Citrulline.
  • Shrimps are one of the best sources of Arginine.
  • Nuts contain high levels of vitamin E and Arginine.
  • Some studies have shown that the intake of brown rice increases nitric oxide levels.
  • Almost all fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, which also have antioxidant effects.
  • Spinach is known to have high nitrate content.
  • Orange and orange juice contain high amounts of vitamin C, which protects nitric oxide molecules.
  • The eating of blueberries is linked to the increase in nitric oxide production.
  • Honey has a high nitrate content.
  • Kale is a very good source of coenzyme Q10 and has a high nitrate content.

    Other foods such as milk and dairy products, red meat, grapes, and cocoa also stimulate the natural production of nitric oxide in the body.

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