5 Foods High in Nitrates to Blast Your Nitric Oxide Levels Through the Roof

Foods high in nitrates an essential part of a healthy diet that increase nitric oxide within your body. Nitric oxide (NO) is the undisputed molecule of men’s health. It’s one of the most important factors in every guy’s health, right after testosterone.

The research group who found out the link between heart and nitric oxide, was even awarded a Nobel prize back in 1998.

So what does nitric oxide do?

Nitric oxide is the molecule that dilates blood vessels and expands your arteries while also improving blood flow through various other mechanisms.

Increasing nitric oxide levels is extremely beneficial for  cardiovascular health, and the fact that your blood flow improves all over your body if your nitric oxide levels increase, means that pretty much everything in your body will operate more easily, including testosterone production, and erection quality.

And remember, what’s good for the cardiovascular system, is even better for erectile health.

Luckily one of the easiest ways to increase our nitric oxide levels is through eating certain foods high in nitrates. These foods that contain nitrates will convert into nitritines by the bacteria in your tongue and gut, and eventually converts into nitric oxide (explained in this study).

So here’s the list of 5 foods high in nitrates to skyrocket your NO levels:

1. Arugula Lettuce

Arugula is one of the best foods high in nitratesKnown to be one of the most nitrate rich foods in the whole planet, arugula (often also called rucola) lettuce fits perfectly into a man’s life, right next to the bacon and eggs.

This lettuce has an pungent and even bitter flavor, it can be mixed into salads, but if you’re like me and hate eating a salad, then you can easily throw some arugula lettuce along with water into a blender and make yourself a drink to gulp down.

NOTE: Arugula lettuce is so popular and on demand that it’s often filled with pesticides. That’s why I recommend that you get yourself some organic arugula. Because many of those pesticides used in the agricultural business are endocrine disruptors, meaning that they’ll wreck havoc inside your hormone system.

2. Spinach

Eat foods high in nitric oxide like spinachSpinach has been touted to be one of the worlds healthiest foods, and quite frankly it’s close to being one for sure.

Along with arugula, it’s also on top of the list of foods high in nitric oxide content. Not to mention that it’s also jam packed with sterols and ecdysteroids that have a testosterone boosting effect.

Guess we should of have listened pop-eye in the first place.

One of the most tastiest ways to consume spinach is by making a soup out of it. I don’t know how common spinach soup is in the U.S, but here in Finland it’s one of the dietary staples.

However using spinach in a soup may destroy some of the beneficial compounds, and this may include the nitrates. That’s why I recommend that you consume spinach also in its raw unaltered form. Just chew some or throw it in a blender with water.

NOTE: Conventional spinach is also filled with endocrine disrupting pesticides, so make sure to get organic. (actually there was 54 different pesticide traces found in conventional spinach according to www.WhatsInMyFood.org’s review).

3. Beets

Eat nitrate rich foods like beetsHere’s a secret: I freaking love beets, and I’d say beets are one of the best foods to increase nitric oxide and testosterone levels.

They’re filled with natural nitrates, along with natural betaine which is a methylator that helps your liver to chelate estrogens out of the body.

Not to mention that beets are also high in testosterone boosting boron.

No wonder why the Romans ate beets before battles and before bedroom activities.

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4. Celery

Celery is the one of the best foods that contain nitratesI have mentioned celery as one of the top testosterone boosting foods in many articles…

…That’s because I account much of my high testosterone levels to the fact that I eat at least a stalk of celery every day.

However the thing that I really haven’t mentioned that often is the fact that celery is one of the top foods high in nitrate content.

So it’s a double whammy, boosting your testosterone and skyrocketing your nitric oxide production. That’s a perfect dietary combination for a man.

NOTE: Celery also falls in to the category of foods sprayed with shit ton of pesticides. (64 trace chemicals found by USDA). So if you don’t get your celery organic, you probably shouldn’t eat it at all.

5. Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is a nitrate rich vegetableThis is probably one of the easiest nitrate rich vegetables to consume if you’re a friend of salads.

It’s the staple lettuce in almost all salads and I dare to say that the nitrates in it are the biggest reason that makes salads healthy.

With that being said, I still don’t eat salad. I hate the taste, the texture, and the fact that its, well, salady.

That’s why I throw my iceberg lettuce straight into the blender and grind down into a drink which can easily be chugged down quickly for a nice NO boost.

I’ll say this once again – if you’re a guy who loves meat but hates salads – get yourself a solid blender.

Conclusion on Foods High in Nitrates

There you go. 5 foods high in nitric oxide content that will blast your NO levels through the roof with the help of natural nitrates that will increase your blood flow much better than any pre-workout supplement on the market.

Why do I know that?

Because I’ve tested nitrate rich foods versus pre-workout supplements (Jack3d, NOxplode) with these nitric oxide test strips, and I always record significantly higher NO with these basic foods than with those costly supplements.

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5 Foods High in Nitrates to Blast Your Nitric Oxide Levels Through the Roof was last modified: July 20th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.


  1. wilkin on 11/06/2014 at 07:25

    GREAT post like always and is one of my favorite topics, i do force myself to eat arugula salad but then get tired of it i have a vitamix, the thing is you say you gulp it down when you blend it doesn’t it need your saliva to produce the nitrate or drinking it in gulp is also effective cause if so oh man i can def. drink more than i can eat lol

    • Ali Kuoppala on 15/06/2014 at 14:33

      Few nitrate studies with beets and pomegranates have used juices as a form of administration with great effects so I guess that the bacteria will convert the nitrates even in juice form.

      to make sure you could roll around the juice few seconds in the mouth before swallowing 😀

  2. Fonzie on 11/06/2014 at 15:20

    Props for the great site and thanks for the info, I’ve really overlooked nitric oxide. Guess it’s time to buy a blender.


    • Ali Kuoppala on 15/06/2014 at 14:33


      And yeah, blenders are awesome, especially if you’re a busy person who hates all kinds of salads 😀

  3. Ajitkumar Simu on 22/02/2017 at 03:37

    Any common Indian Vegetables …??

    • Valeri Ševtšenko on 06/04/2017 at 13:28

      just eat panty of greens if you can”t find those foods listed above in your country. They are all loaded with nitrates.

      • OnTheBayou on 12/04/2017 at 10:27

        I love them “panty of greens” on my girl friend………….

        • Valeri Ševtšenko on 12/04/2017 at 13:20

          I love it on your girlfriend to 😉

        • Asadullah on 09/09/2017 at 11:30


      • Ajitkumar Simu on 08/09/2017 at 13:19


  4. Thunda t on 25/02/2017 at 11:01

    Is there any way to wash off the pesticides

  5. OnTheBayou on 12/04/2017 at 10:29

    I’ve tried “blenderized” foods and I find that they totally lack satiety. Think about it; blenders pre-masticate your food, sending a calorie bomb into your stomach. It’s all available right now.

    When paleontologists find a blender in with those bones in the cave, I’ll reconsider.

  6. Jerry Bruton on 17/04/2017 at 15:29

    Thanks for the information. I use the veggie source for nitric oxide rather than the products being sold supposedly for the same purpose.
    It would be nice if the mg/kg of nitrate for the respective vegetables was included

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