20 Foods That Increase Nitric Oxide Production Naturally

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If you are unaware of what actually is nitric oxide, I suggest that you check out the beginning of this post. After reading that you can come back here to figure out what to eat for nitric oxide boost.

Most of these foods are plant based, because I decided to leave out most of the meat products as I’m not a big fan of  the chemically made nitrates sprayed on non-organic meats. I believe that those chemical nitrates won’t work as well as these natural kinds.

If I would of have added those meat products, this list would easily be 50 foods that increase nitric oxide. But for now on lets go with the surely safe and effective ones.

If you are too lazy to check out that post I mentioned above, nitric oxide in a nutshell is a vasodilator which relaxes your arteries and increases the bloodflow. For a man it’s the most healthiest thing to have high testosterone along with high levels of nitric oxide.

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The 20 foods that increase nitric oxide

 

 

 

1. Dark Chocolate

Several studies have documented that cocoa, especially the raw kind, increases nitric oxide production and lowers blood pressure.

There is also evidence of cacao healing the endolethium (the thin layer of cells that lines the interior surface of blood vessels) by increasing the amount of cells that repair it.

The crucial part in choosing right kind of cacao is the quality. If possible you should always buy raw unprocessed kind, because the ones they sell on markets are so overprocessed that they shouldn’t be even called chocolate anymore.

 

2. Watermelon

Watermelon contains a lot of the amino acid L-Citrulline that is one of the best natural compounds to increase nitric oxide, proven by countless of studies.

Read this post to learn more about L-Citrulline and how it converts into nitric oxide in the body.

 

3. Pomegranate

If I would have to choose the best food for nitric oxide production and testosterone levels, it would be pomegranate.

Pomegranate has been performing perfectly in every single study that it has been researched for, producing effects such as reducing arterial plaque thickness by 30% and increasing testosterone levels by 22% in peer reviewed studies.

 

4. walnuts

 

 

Walnuts are packed with vitamin E which helps you arteries and testosterone levels.

Also it has been recently studied and proved to increase nitric oxide production and also to lower blood pressure, significantly.

This is probably due to the high amounts of L-Arginine found in walnuts, which has been linked to an increase in nitric oxide production, more about L-Arginine here.

 

5. Brown rice

Rice might seem like a food that has nothing on it. Actually I thought so for years myself.

Recently though I stumbled into this one study that showed a significant increase in nitric oxide levels after the subjects had consumed brown rice.

Shortly after that I found another one which stated that brown rice also relaxed arterial walls and improved bloodflow significantly.

 

6. Spinach

Spinach is known to have one of the highest nitrate contents of all plants, which means that it’s a pretty awesome food to eat if you are looking to increase nitric oxide production.

Learn more about nitrates in foods and how those convert into nitric oxide, here.

 

7. Oranges

Oranges and orange juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, which has been shown to protect your precious nitric oxide molecules from free radicals.

So ideally there would be no point in increasing your nitric oxide levels without consuming vitamin C and antioxidants at the same time, because without the vitamin C, your beloved nitric oxide would just oxidize away before really doing anything in your body.

 

8. Beets

Beetroot is one of those foods that contain nitrates as explained here.

The thing that really makes beets so amazing is the fact that it is one of those foods that has highest nitrate count in all of plants, and at the same time beets are capable to lower your estrogen levels by acting as a methylator as explained here.

 

9. Cranberries

There are countless of health benefits that link back to cranberries.

Possibly one of the less known ones is the fact that cranberries increase nitric oxide production, while lowering blood pressure significantly at the same time. This was found out by a study conducted back in the year 2000.

 

10. Garlic

Researchers say that garlic is a potent activator of NOS (nitric oxide synthase), and produces same kind of effects as Cialis or Viagra.

In one study it was noted that garlic decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 8 points on subjects with high blood pressure. That’s a very impressive result from a food, as it shows to be working even better than most of the high blood pressure medications.

 

11. Black tea

Black tea contains caffeine which acts as a vasoconstrictor, and that’s the main reason why black tea is not something you usually see on a list of foods that increase nitric oxide. But despite black teas caffeine content, it still has some major vasodilating effects.

Many studies claim that black tea significantly increases nitric oxide production and lessens the arterial stiffness.

On top of that there is this study done back in 2009 which claims that more black tea = more bloodflow.

 

12. Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper contains high amount of capsaicin, the compound that makes all chili’s hot.

One study noted that capsaicin has a dose dependent effect, meaning that more the subjects consumed capsaicin, the more their nitric oxide levels increased and arteries relaxed.

 

13. Honey

One animal study claims that honey significantly increases nitric oxide production.

This is probably caused by either the high enzyme content, or the high nitrate content that honey has.

 

14. Pistachios

Like almost all nuts, pistachios are also packed with L-Arginine, a precursor of nitric oxide, that is known for its ability to increase nitric oxide production significantly.

 

15. Salmon

Wild salmon is a very good source of co-enzyme Q10, enzyme that can be spotted on moisturizer adds for women.

Co-enzyme Q10 is not only great for soothing wrinkles, it’s also a very good nitric oxide booster as it has been shown in dozens of studies to increase nitric oxide production significantly.

 

16. Kale

Kale is also a very good source of co-enzyme Q10 which boosts nitric oxide.

Kale also has very high nitrate content which makes it very good nitric oxide booster.

Theres also many other health benefits linked to kale, such as increased testosterone levels and improved arterial health.

 

17. Animal organs

One of the greatest foods that every man should be consuming are the animal organs.

The organs contain high amounts of cholesterol and healthy fat-soluble vitamins that boost your testosterone levels.

Those organs are also very good source for co-enzyme Q10 that increases nitric oxide levels, so it’s a win-win situation if you eat organs!

 

18. Onions

Onions are not only good for your testosterone levels, as they have been shown to increase nitric oxide production in 2 different studies.

They are also a very good source of vitamin C, which as explained above protects your nitric oxide molecule from free radicals.

Onions also contain a compound called quercetin, explained briefly here. Querceting is well known for its ability to boost nitric oxide levels.

 

19. Shrimps

Shrimps are one of the best sources of dietary L-Arginine, as mentioned above L-Arginine is an amino acid and precursor of nitric oxide.

By consuming shrimps you are essentially increasing the amount of L-Arginine in your body which then converts into nitric oxide.

 

20. Peanut butter

Nuts are high in arginine and peanut butter is filled with what? Peanuts of course! Now what could be any more easier than consuming some tasty peanut butter to increase nitric oxide production? Nothing. Except perhaps eating a watermelon…

Anyhow consume some peanut butter, preferably organic kind with unprocessed peanuts to increase your nitric oxide levels naturally.

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Effect of cocoa on blood pressure.

Vascular endothelial cells synthesize nitric oxide from L-arginine

Vascular endothelial cells synthesize nitric oxide from L-arginine

TEMPLE STUDY POINTS TO CARDIOVASCULAR BENEFITS OF BROWN RICE

Chemical synthesis of nitric oxide in the stomach from dietary nitrate in humans.

Vitamin C supplementation increases nitric oxide

Cranberry Flavonoids, Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Health

Black tea lowers blood pressure

Coenzyme Q10 Improves Endothelial Dysfunction

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Ali Kuoppala

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34 Comments

  1. Sozan on 05/04/2014 at 20:39

    very interesting. many thanks. Dont eat meat but seems i eat everything you mention, including fruits.

  2. fewwfe on 02/07/2014 at 00:05

    question what if you dont have money for all the organic food.

    • Ali Kuoppala on 02/07/2014 at 22:48

      Well then you have to buy the shittier food, but it’s still food, just not as good.

      I’m not rich myself but all the foods that I buy are organic.

      This is because I cut expenses for everything else, but not on food.

    • Wilma Laura Wiggins on 20/04/2015 at 03:43

      I cut my food bill way down by cutting out meat, fish, cheese, sour cream, ice cream, eggs, processed foods and raised my health at the same time. Even though I’m retired and live on only social security, I have enough money to buy organic foods. It also saves money because I no longer need supplements. The pesticides like Roundup they spray on non-organic food binds the nutrients and keeps our bodies from absorbing them.

      • RAF on 24/07/2015 at 17:10

        DITTO HERE. I AM TRYING TO GET WHERE YOU ARE BUT HOW DOES ONE BUY FRESH ORGANIC OUT OF SEASON. I BUY FROZEN GREENS. TRYING TO CUT OUT CHICKEN AND SALMON.
        CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME YOUR DIET? VEGANS ARE USUALLY LACKING IN FOLLIC ACID, AND B 12 I BELIEVE WHICH IS CRITICAL. CHEESE IS SAID TO BE GOOD, BUTTER, COCONUT OIL ALL OF WHICH I USE. COCONUT ORGANIC OIL THREE SPOONFULS DAILY, USING FOR ORAL HEALTH TO SWISH AROUND GUMS. THANKS FOR THE INPUT.

        • Wilma Laura Wiggins on 27/07/2015 at 23:21

          I buy fresh organic produce when I can. Imported from sunny countries in the winter and I also buy frozen fruits and veggies. My diet is the one advocated by Dr. McDougall (drmcdougalldotcom) – it is starch based, meaning instead of planning a meal around a kind of meat, it is based on a kind of starch: potato, rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain, quinoa, corn. It is high in beans, including organic soy (tofu, tempeh, etc). I use no added oils or fats. I saute with water, wine, or broth. I sub applesauce, etc. for fats in baking. I use chia seed or corn starch thickened water for oil in salad dressing. Gets to be second nature after the initial learning curve. I don’t exactly get the “trying” to give up salmon and chicken. You either eat it or don’t, kind of like smoking. Anytime I hear someone say they are “trying” to quit smoking, I know they aren’t serious. When you quit “trying” and just quit, then you’re serious (I know of what I speak, been there done that). By the way, I lost 60 lbs, reversed diabetes and congestive heart failure, gerd, etc. on this way of eating. See the success stories on the mcdougall site for more inspiration. I supplement B12 by taking a pill once a week. P.S. You can’t believe everything that “is said”.

          • RAF on 27/07/2015 at 23:37

            WILMA THANKS. I WENT OFF COMPLEX CARBS, AND LOST 15-20 LBS I COULD NOT AFFORD TO LOSE. IF I ELIMINATE THE FISH AND CHICKEN THEN I HAVE TO FIND A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROTEIN. http://WWW.DRMERCOLA.COM IS ALSO A GREAT FREE DAILY E MAIL WHICH OFFERS VIDEOS AND A LIBRARY OF HEALTH ARTICLES BY RESEARCH SCIENTISTS PROVING WHAT YOUR RESULTS ARE. GOOD FOR YOU. SO MANY RATHER TAKE A PILL AND ARE STUCK IN THE BIG PHARMA LIES. I AM NOT A COOK SO I CREATE MY OWN RECIPES. I DON’T CARE TO READ COOK BOOKS. I LEARNED A LOT FROM MULTO MARIO BITALLIE WHEN I WAS WATCHING TV. I APPRECIATE YOUR HINTS HERE. I ENJOY BEANS, LENTIL AND SPLIT PEA SOUPS, SO MY MENU IS GROWING. I AM ACTIVE; I.E. WALK AND WORK OUT SO I BURN UP THE CALORIES QUICKLY. I JUST NOW STARTED BACK ON SOME WHOLE GRAINS; I.E. PASTA AND BOSMATI RICE. THANKS AGAIN FOR RESPONDING.
            RON FARINA



          • Wilma Laura Wiggins on 27/07/2015 at 23:52

            I think Dr. Mercola has some helpful information, but some of it, in my opinion, is not so helpful. I followed him for years. It may interest you to know that studies now show that protein (any kind, from any source) is carcinogenic over 10% of your daily calories. No one who has any food to eat has ever had “protein deficiency”. The protein deficiency you sometimes see in pictures of starving Africans is actually plain old starvation, period. Another good source of factual information on nutrition is nutritionfactsdotcom. If you go there and put “protein” in the search box, you may be able to find the short video on the cancer connection. Dr. Greger has posted thousands of short videos on various nutrition topics, all science based. Those beans, lentils and split pea soups are great but you might want to check how much protein you are getting. Weird though it may sound, you might be getting too much.
            Every food you eat except fat has some protein.



          • RAF on 28/07/2015 at 00:01

            YES DR. MERCOLA SPEAKS OF THE PROPER BALANCE OF PROTEIN AND HAS A FORMULA. I NEVER HEARD THAT PROTEIN IS CARCINOGENIC; HOWEVER, I KNOW MEAT IS AS IT TAKES 72 HRS. TO DIGEST AND THUS PUTREFIES IN ONE’S DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES HAVE MUCH PROTEIN????DAH SO WHAT DOES ONE EAT. FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CAN NOT SUSTAIN. http://WWW.HACRES.COM PROMOTES ONE COOKED MEAL AND ONE RAW MEAL FOR CANCER PREVENTATIVE AND CURATIVE FOR OTHER HEALTH ISSUES. I BELIEVE WE ARE TALKING IN THE SAME VEIN. THANKS AGAIN. I WILL CHECK OUT BOTH SITES YOU MENTIONED.



          • Wilma Laura Wiggins on 28/07/2015 at 01:06

            I wouldn’t say green leafy vegetables have “much” protein, Popeye and his spinach not withstanding. lol They do, however, have some. Beans and other legumes have more protein than greens. You are right that fruits and vegetables cannot sustain. That is where the “starch” comes in: potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, rice, bread, pasta, and also seeds and nuts.



          • Ali Kuoppala on 28/07/2015 at 01:45

            You may have not heard about it, because its complete BS.



          • Wilma Laura Wiggins on 28/07/2015 at 09:57

            British Journal of Cancer, 2000, 83(1):95-97, “Hormones and diet: low
            insulin-like growth factor-1 but normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men”



          • Wilma Laura Wiggins on 28/07/2015 at 01:02

            I’m certainly glad if I could be of service.



    • JuJu God on 27/06/2015 at 02:28

      move to Peru, they are not rich enough to afford pesticides and shit

  3. PanzerFaust on 30/07/2014 at 02:12

    what about drinking decaf black tea? Still gain the benefits with lessened negativity?

    • Ali Kuoppala on 02/08/2014 at 12:33

      Not sure about that, but I guess it’s a lot better alternative than caffeinated tea.

  4. Wilma Laura Wiggins on 20/04/2015 at 03:47

    If you want to increase your testosterone, eat plant-based starch strong. Proven that men who don’t eat animal products and eat lots of plant foods have much more testosterone than those who do. This guy is leading you down a better sounding but not true path.

    • Ali Kuoppala on 28/07/2015 at 01:46

      And not a single source was cited that day.

      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0022473189904597

      • Wilma Laura Wiggins on 28/07/2015 at 03:56

        That’s because it was an abstract from an article in the journal for researchers, etc., “Science Direct”. You need to be a member to see the actual research, I guess. Doesn’t mean you can’t find it elsewhere but not so easily.

    • Orion Antares on 16/10/2015 at 22:36

      Can you point to a low fat or whole food vegan where this is actually the case? Every vegan I see that can even make a claim to be able to do what you say either is also high fat, basically using plant mono and saturated fats to replace animal fats, and supplementing because of lower availability of several nutrients from whole plant sources. Every whole food vegan or low fat vegan or both that I see looks less than stellar and the low fat ones seem to have blood sugar issues if they don’t eat frequently.

  5. apreachaskid on 18/06/2015 at 21:01

    This is a great list that is quite helpful for people with Sickle Cell. I plan to share this with my followers.

  6. JuJu God on 27/06/2015 at 02:27

    Web says Lycopene (from tomatos and watermelon which has more) reduces DHT, as well as L-Lysine in nuts like walnuts and peanuts. I checked if both are essential to human health and Lycopene shows to be non-essential. I’m confused.

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