How to Increase the Nitric Oxide in Your Body

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How to Increase the Nitric Oxide in Your Body
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Nitric oxide is a molecule that tells the cells in your body what to do. Nitric oxide assists the immune system, improves sleep quality, reduces inflammation, increases strength and increases your recognition of smel. You can increase the nitric oxide in your body and increase the communication of cells in your body.

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Things you need

  • Exercise weights
  • Foods containing nitric oxide
  • Nitric oxide supplements

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    Exercise with weights or by running. When you exercise, nitric oxide is released into your body. This happens because the lining in your arteries release nitric oxide into your bloodstream to widen your blood vessels so your heart can pump more blood to your muscles.

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    Eat foods that contain the amino acids L-arginine and L-citrulline. These amino acids turn into nitric oxide in your digestive system. Foods like nuts, dairy and meats creates citrulline in your digestive system which is turned back into arginine. The arginine is turned back into nitric oxide. Eating foods like fruit, garlic and vitamins C and E protect the enzymes and nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide does not last long in the body, so it is wise to eat foods that neutralise the surrounding acids to help the nitric oxide stay in your body longer. The antioxidants in fruit also helps protect nitric oxide.

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    Take nitric oxide supplements with L-arginine and L-citrulline to increase your nitric oxide levels. These supplements improve the recovery time of your muscles as well as prevent lactic acid build-up. It is best to take the nitric oxide supplements before bedtime so it will be absorbed better.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult your doctor before taking nitric oxide supplements.

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