What’s the Deal with Nitric Oxide? (N-O)

What is Nitric Oxide?

Nitric oxide is a compound in the body that causes blood vessels to widen and stimulates the release of certain hormones, such as insulin and human growth hormone. This process is called vasodilation, which causes blood vessels to widen and increase circulation. Vasodilation has been shown to increase performance in athletes, decrease blood pressure, and increase blood flow to certain areas of the body, like hands and feet. N-O production is essential for everyone because blood, nutrients, and oxygen are able to travel throughout your body. It is also important to live a healthy and active lifestyle for many reasons, one in particular being that, people who live sedentary lifestyles lose the ability to generate nitric oxide. Physical activity is one of the best ways to stimulate nitric oxide production in the body and support your cardiovascular health.

How To Naturally Boost Nitric Oxide Levels

You can boost Nitric Oxide in your body through the consumption of various foods. Foods with the most nitric oxide containing ingredients include: Meat, Poultry, Garlic, Dark Chocolate, Leafy Greens, Nuts and Seeds, and Beets.

That’s right, Beets! There have been many research studies that have shown Beets to exponentially boost Nitric Oxide levels in your body. Did you know? By the time you turn 40 years old, your body makes 50% less Nitric Oxide than you did as a teenager. As we age, the body produces less and less nitric oxide, so it is very important to continue to consume foods that boost Nitric Oxide levels, OR take a supplement.

Common Benefits of taking a N-O Supplement:

  • Decrease Blood Pressure
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Cold Hands/Feet
  • Exercise Performance

Exercise Performance

Many successful athletes have been using Beetroot as a supplement to enhance their training performance. Professional athletes, long distance endurance athletes, power lifters, and everyday people who exercise have all seen great benefits when taking a Beetroot supplement. The great thing about nitric oxide is that it is very beneficial for both pre-workout and post-workout. Since the effects of taking beetroot increase blood flow in the body, this can increase performance by bringing more oxygen to the blood vessels and help athletes push harder and longer. Beetroot can also be taken post workout, by decreasing fatigue and enhancing muscle recovery.

Decrease Blood Pressure

More than 100 million Americans are diagnosed with high blood pressure. High blood pressure/hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Impairment of N-O bioavailability is also an important risk factor for both hypertension and CVD. Evidence suggests that N-O plays a major role in treating the effects of hypertension. Taking a N-O supplement like beetroot, or consuming more sources of foods containing nitric oxide is a great first step and can greatly help those at risk of hypertension or cardiovascular disease.

Erectile Dysfunction

Studies have shown that taking nitric oxide may reduce ED in mild to moderate cases.  In the United States, about 30 million men and 30% of individuals with hypertension complain of ED. Nitric Oxide supplementation is the most efficient natural remedy to combat Erectile Dysfunction.

Cold Hands & Feet

Having cold hands and/or feet can be an indication that the nitric oxide levels in your body are too low and not enough blood flow is getting your extremities. Consider taking a supplement or mix some Beetroot powder with water or a smoothie if this is something that is common for you!

Trust The Health & Wellness Experts

Try these products at Johnson’s Compounding & Wellness to help boost your Nitric Oxide and enhance your blood flow!

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