As we all know, L-Arginine is the precursor to Nitric Oxide. It helps create this gas naturally found in the body. Nitric Oxide is the benefit of taking our L-Arginine supplement.
Now earlier we hit on L-Arginine foods that can help increase the amount of nitric oxide, which has a myriad of different benefits. But there are a couple of other foods that help increase the production of nitric oxide in your body.
Dark chocolate has long been known as a natural aphrodisiac, and one of nitric oxide’s benefits has been to help men and woman in the libido department. But more than being a natural aphrodisiac, dark chocolate can help your heart. In a study conducted in Germany, scientists gave patients who had prehypertension and stage 1 hypertension dark chocolate containing 30 mg of polyphenols, and white chocolate daily for 18 weeks. The study found the dark chocolate group to experience an increase in nitric oxide and reductions in blood pressure. This study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association.”
It has been found that this high-protein, soybean derived popular Asian food contains isoflavones. Isoflavones has been found to be quite similar to estrogen, and when King’s College London did a study on the impact of soy isoflavones in postmenopausal woman, they found an increase in nitric oxide production. So tofu, soybeans, soy milk and soy nuts are a great, healthy nitric oxide food options for women.
When making your next meal, turn the heat up a bit. Add some cayenne peppers, Cajun, jalapenoes or any other spice or pepper that contains capsaicin, which has the ability to increase nitric oxide production. It makes sense. Doesn’t your heart beat a little faster when chomping down those hot wings? According to researchers from the Third Medical University in China, capsaicin activates a receptor in the lining of blood vessels, leading to more production of nitric oxide. This study was published in an August 2010 issue of “Cell Metabolism.”
So next time you’re out to eat and thinking about your heart, think about these foods. Something spicy, may be Asian, and cap it off with some luxurious dark chocolate.
Information from Livestrong.com was used in this post.