What Foods Act as Vaso-dilators, for Blood Pressure and Endurance Sports?

A short story about the power of Nitrates from plants.

Beet juice

Nitrates are found in plant foods like fruits and leafy green vegetables. Nitrates from plants convert to nitrites in your body. The nitrites get converted to nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide acts as a vaso-dilator, basically it opens/expands your blood vessels.

Animal products contain nitrites but instead of getting converted to nitrous oxide it gets converted into nitrosamines which are carcinogenic and have the opposite effect of nitrites from plants. Rhubarb

Nitrous oxide acts as a vaso-dilator which has the same same affect as nitroglycerin, prescribed in hospitals to lower blood pressure. 

Even with simply diet, a change in blood pressure can be observed in as little as two weeks!

Top Plant Foods by Ranking of Nitrates 

  1. Arugula
  2. Rhubarb
  3. Beet Root Juice

The rest of the top ten are leafy greens!

Thank You! arugula_leaves_570

http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/51/3/784.full.pdf+html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22709704

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25445634

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Beetroot+supplementation+lowers+daily+systolicblood+pressure+in+older%2C+overweight+subjects

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25421976

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/vegetables-rate-by-nitrate/

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/oxygenating-blood-with-nitrate-rich-vegetables/