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8 Nitric Oxide Foods: Can an NO Boost Help With ED?

Nitric Oxide is a necessary component of healthy blood flow and may aid in ED. Learn about 8 foods that may boost your NO naturally.

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Nitric Oxide is a powerful chemical signal for your body that is produced in the blood vessels from precursors consumed in your diet. 

This little gas molecule helps with healthy vasodilation to improve blood flow when and where you need it. This means that good NO production is great for cardiac health, exercise performance and recovery, healthy brain function, lower blood pressure, and maybe even a little help for erectile dysfunction.

Your natural NO production declines with age and with health conditions like obesity, vascular dysfunction, heart disease, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure

Some people look into supplements to help increase their Nitric Oxide levels. Still, the very best way is to eat plenty of healthy foods that are naturally rich in the amino acid and vitamin precursors for NO production.

Below, we will go over 8 of the best foods to help boost your body’s production of Nitric Oxide. As a bonus – many of these are nutrient-packed superfoods that are great for you anyway, regardless of their effect on NO.

1. Beets

Beets may be a “you love them or you hate them” kind of vegetable, but this root veg is a great source of dietary nitrates. Dietary nitrates are converted into nitrogen-containing molecules in your body after consumption and are the basic building blocks of nitric oxide.

If you aren’t a fan of eating beets, give them a try as a component in your next juice. When juiced, they add a nice earthy sweetness that tends to blend seamlessly into many fruit and veggie juices.

2. Leafy greens

We all know the importance of eating your leafy greens regularly, but, you can also add increased Nitric Oxide to that list of benefits.

Leafy greens like kale, chard, arugula, spinach, bok choy, mustard greens, and lettuce are rich in nitrates to help fuel your body with an NO boost.

Fresh, raw greens are best, so get into eating leafy salad regularly. Tough greens like kale can be made more palatable and more tender by massaging with some oil and lemon juice before you plan on chowing down.

3. Green leafy herbs

If a big salad isn’t quite your thing, you may be happy to hear that some of the leafy green herbs can lend a hand to your natural NO production too. 

Parsley and Cilantro sprinkled generously on all forms of foods can encourage healthy NO levels.

4. Dark chocolate

A favorite to find on lists like these – dark chocolate doesn’t only have flavonoids and antioxidants that are great for you, it can also boost nitric oxide levels.

However, lean into those DARK chocolate products for the lowest amount of added sugar and most cacao content. At least 70% cacao or more is a good place to start. 100% cacao powder can also be a welcome addition to kick up the nutrition of a naturally sweetened fruit smoothie, and has no added sugar.

5. Pomegranate

Even though digging out those little gem-like pomegranate seeds can be frustrating and tedious, pomegranates can be a great addition to a NO-boosting diet.

Go for munching on whole pomegranate seeds, sprinkle them on a salad, or splurge for those pomegranate juices once in a while.

6. Watermelon

Another fruity NO-boosting addition to your diet can be watermelon. Make watermelon the focus of your next fruit salad and reap the NO benefits.

7. Seeds and nuts

Certain nuts and seeds are rich in the amino acid L-arginine, a building block of Nitric Oxide.

Pistachios, walnuts, and flax seeds may be some excellent choices from this category. Add ground flax seeds to your smoothies, or mix some ground flax, walnuts, or pistachios into your next batch of baked goods.

8. Garlic

Garlic is a super flavorful ingredient that many people don’t have to be told to include in their cooking. This pungent bulb can activate the nitric oxide synthase enzyme which helps convert those precursor amino acids into Nitric Oxide.

So, the next time the recipe calls for 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, you have our permission to up those rookie numbers.

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Including lots of healthy, NO-boosting foods in your diet is a great way to encourage NO production and increase your overall health. Some men with ED may experience some level of improvement from this strategy alone, but it may not be enough to eliminate the problem. If a diet revamp doesn’t quite get you there, you may want to consider including a prescription medication for stronger ED symptom relief.

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