May 10, 2024 3:00 pm

Have you heard about nitric oxide and how it might be good for your sex life? In this podcast, I'll talk about what nitric oxide is and how it helps blood flow throughout your body. This is especially important for getting and keeping an erection. I'll also explain the science behind nitric oxide and what foods and supplements can help your body make more of it.

Dive in to find out how nitric oxide can improve your overall health and your sex life!

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What is Nitric Oxide?

Your body makes a gas called nitric oxide. This gas helps blood vessels relax, which is important for blood flow throughout your body. Blood flow is especially important for getting and keeping an erection.

Some people wonder if supplements can help boost nitric oxide levels. Supplements like L-arginine and L-citrulline can increase its level, but it's not quite that simple. Also, how well your body uses it depends on your overall health.

How Nitric Oxide is Produced in the Body


Eating leafy greens like kale, arugula, and lettuce gives your mouth bacteria something to munch on. These bacteria turn the nitrates in those greens into nitrites, which your stomach then converts into nitric oxide.


Your body can also cook up nitric oxide on its own, using an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase and an ingredient called L-arginine. However, stress can throw a wrench in this process. Stress damages the lining of your blood vessels and makes the enzyme less effective.

Safe and Natural Sources of Nitric Oxide

There are easy ways to increase nitric oxide in your body, a substance that helps your blood vessels relax and function properly. The key is to eat foods that are high in nitrates.

Here are some nitrate-rich foods to add to your diet:

  • Leafy green vegetables
    Spinach, kale, arugula, and lettuce are all full of nitrates. When you eat them, the bacteria in your mouth turn the nitrates into nitrites, which then become nitric oxide in your stomach.
  • Beets
    Beets are another great source of nitrates. You can eat them cooked, raw, or even as a powder!

There's one small thing to keep in mind: Avoid using mouthwash or fluoride toothpaste right after eating these foods. Those can kill the bacteria in your mouth that help convert nitrates into nitric oxide.

Exploring Nitric Oxide Supplements

Getting enough nitric oxide is important, and you can get it from your diet. But some people take supplements to get it faster. There are a few things to keep in mind about these supplements:

L-Arginine and L-Citrulline

These are popular choices, but they only work if your body has an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase. This enzyme can be weakened by unhealthy habits like high cholesterol, diabetes, and not getting enough sleep.

Use with caution

Supplements aren't always the best choice, especially if you have health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes. They can mess with your body's natural way of making nitric oxide.

Incorporating Nitric Oxide Safely into Your Diet

Here are some easy ways to make more nitric oxide through your diet:

  • Skip the harsh stuff
    Some mouthwashes and antacids can mess with your body's natural nitric oxide production. Try natural mouthwash and don't overuse antacids.
  • Go Mediterranean
    This diet is full of foods that are high in nitrates and antioxidants, which are great for nitric oxide and your overall health. Think lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains!

Final Thoughts

Before you jump to supplements, it's important to set a good foundation for your health. This means eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, sleeping enough, and managing stress. These things will not only help your body make nitric oxide naturally, but they'll also make you feel better overall, so you might not even need supplements.

Understanding how nitric oxide works in your body and how to increase it safely and naturally can help you take charge of your health. This can improve your heart health, your erections (for men), and your overall energy levels.

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