Looks like eating plenty of nitrate rich vegetables, like spinach and beets, lowers the chance of stroke or heart attack. I really have to start eating more of this! The nitrates within these vegetables convert to Nitric Oxide through digestion. Nitric Oxide is responsible for the relaxation and widening of the blood vessels which lowers blood pressure. This also helps increase circulation to the extremedies (hands, feet fingers toes etc). As we age, hardening of the arteries can occur (Atherosclerosis) in which plaque builds up decreasing circulation and increasing your chances of stroke or heart attack. This is not only beneficial to the heart, but also to your gains! Whether it be gaining muscle or losing weight, better circulation can help with fat metabolism and muscle ANABOLISM! Anabolism, or simply put, gaining muscle is a must for everyone! Muscles are the engines that use the fuel you have stored throughout your body. Make the goal of gaining muscle so that you can lose stubborn body fat quickly. Start by eating nitrate rich vegetables!
Nitrate Rich Vegetables -> Dilates Blood Vessels -> Increased Circulation -> Strength Training = WEIGHT LOSS & INCREASED STRENGTH!
Its always best to get nutrition from nutrient dense foods. If you find that you are struggling to meet your needs then you can buy Arginine which also converts to Nitric Oxide and helps the circulatory system. This can be picked up at Deans Natural Market in Shrewsbury, or any other supplement store.
Top 10 Nitrate Rich FOODS:
Red beetroot and beet juice
- Mustard Greens
So after reading the list of the top Nitrate containing foods, you are probably turned off. So, you have one of two things you can do. One, stop being a wuss and consume the food by eating or drinking it; and two, purchase Arginine.
… and as a random factoid… Arginine is a cheap man/woman’s Viagra.