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Nitric Oxide: Hypertension. Erectile Dysfunction

Safe, effective and natural approaches for reducing blood pressure and men’s health.

Nitric oxide or NO, is an important signaling molecule in the human body.

One of the best ways to increase NO is by using Shock Wave Therapy and eating sources of nitrates such as beetroot, arugula and spinach.1 After eating these foods, the dietary nitrate molecules are metabolized by oral bacteria into nitrites which are then endogenously transformed into the cardioprotective NO molecule.2-3

NO plays a critical role in cardiovascular health and men’s health. For example, low levels of NO in the body can lead to various pathologies, most notably endothelial dysfunction which contributes to hypertension and atherosclerosis; low NO has also been found to play a role in diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and Erectile Dysfunction.1

Healthy levels of NO in the body support vascular tone, healthy blood flow, leukocyte adhesion, and platelet aggregation.Consuming food-based nitrates on a routine basis, and getting treatment with Shock Wave is a logical next step for those desiring to prevent or treat NO deficiency-related disease processes. The science backs it up.

A study published in Nutrition Reviews looked at 23 studies that measured blood pressure, endothelial function, arterial stiffness, platelet aggregation, and/or blood lipid outcomes in response to oral inorganic nitrate/nitrite intake.4 The analyses demonstrated that inorganic nitrate intake significantly reduced resting blood pressure, improved endothelial function (measured as flow-mediated dilatation), arterial stiffness, and platelet aggregation.4

Put it all together – Shock Wave therapy, beets, beetroot juice, quinoa, spinach, and lamb’s quarters (AKA wild spinach) to increase NO.

One of the beetroot studies found that daily supplementation with dietary nitrate from beetroot juice was associated with a reduction in blood pressure: systolic ?7.7-8.1mmHg; diastolic ?2.4-5.2mmHg.6Additionally, endothelial function improved by approximately 20% and there was a reduction in arterial stiffness by 0.59m/s.6

Overall reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure of 3.55 mmHg and 1.32 mmHg, respectively, and these reductions were significantly greater in the beetroot juice supplemented groups vs. control groups.7 This same publication also noted greater improvements in blood pressure with higher (500 mL/day) vs. lower (70-140 mL/day) beetroot juice doses or with longer periods of consumption (?2 weeks vs. <2 weeks).7

So, eat your vegetables and do Shock Wave for ED and/or hypertension.

Citations

  1. Luiking YC et al. Regulation of nitric oxide production in health and disease. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2010; 13(1): 97–104.
  2. Hobbs DA et al. Blood pressure lowering effects of beetroot juice and novel beetroot-enriched bread products in normotensive male subjects. Br J Nutr. 2012;108(11):2066-74.
  3. Khatri J et al. It is rocket science – why dietary nitrate is hard to “beet”! Part I: twists and turns in the realization of the nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2017;83(1):129–139.
  4. Jackson JK et al. The role of inorganic nitrate and nitrite in cardiovascular disease risk factors: a systematic review and meta-analysis of human evidence. Nutr Rev. 2018;76(5):348-371.
  5. Encyclopedia Brittanica. Amaranthaceae. https://www.britannica.com/plant/Amaranthaceae. Accessed July 26, 2018.
  6. Vikas K et al. Dietary nitrate provides sustained blood pressure lowering in hypertensive patients: a randomized, phase 2, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Hypertension. 2015;65(2):320–327.
  7. Bahadoran Z et al. The nitrate-independent blood pressure-lowering effect of beetroot juice: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Adv Nutr. 2017;8(6):830-838.

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