Update 5/18/23:  I ordered HumanN – Nitric Oxide Indicator Strips – Test salivary Nitrite Levels – 1 Tube of 25 Strips for $13.30: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071Z8R2XQ/

5/18/23 Nitric Oxide test

5/18/23 Nitric Oxide test

I tested right after I got up and it’s looking pretty good.  It’s so incredibly inexpensive and should be checked regularly at doctor visits.

Last night I ate some 72% cacao chocolate and quite a few walnuts and Brazil nuts. And I did some of the breathing exercises explained in this Huberman podcast:

How to Breathe Correctly for Optimal Health, Mood, Learning & Performance

Am focusing on breathing though my nose, hope to get to do regular breathing exercises and to post more info here.

From https://savetheyoungheart.com/nitric-oxide-and-heart-health/

Use of Nitric Oxide

Cardiovascular diseases are associated with several underlying factors, and however, among all of them, endothelial dysfunction will be considered among the primary reasons behind it. The protective roles of nitric oxide make sure that this is taken care of as its cardio-protective roles include:

  • Regulation of blood pressure and vascular tone,
  • Inhibition of platelet,
  • Rapid increase of smooth muscles in the artery walls. Nitric oxide helps in vasodilation.

Vasodilation refers to the widening of blood vessels, usually near the surface of the skin, leading to increased blood flow. Nitric oxide can be an essential help since restricted blood flow is among the prime reasons behind coronary heart diseases.

Apart from that, we cannot discount that nitric oxide is a potent neurotransmitter. It is primarily responsible for the relaxation of blood vessels and the proper circulation of blood through them. Adequate blood circulation eliminates any possibilities of clogging in arteries and hence prevents any possibility of coronary artery disease. Therefore the use of nitric oxide reduces any chances of heart diseases.

Ways to boost Nitric Oxide levels naturally


The production of Nitric oxide molecules is essential for overall health because it ensures the even distribution of blood, nutrients, and oxygen to all the vital organs of our body.

Several ways can be opted to maintain optimal levels of nitric oxide in your body, but let’s discuss some steps that can help you produce nitric oxide naturally.

You need to take care of two things to boost the production of Nitric oxide in your body, and they are Diet and Exercise. Inculcating certain ingredients as a part of your daily diet can help your body fight Nitric oxide deficiency. They include:

  • Green leafy vegetables, beets, lettuce, and garlic are rich in dietary nitrates and can significantly trigger nitric oxide levels in your body.
  • Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges are loaded with vitamin C, which can enhance the bioavailability of nitric oxide and increase levels of nitric oxide synthase.
  • Dark chocolates and Nuts are also considered ideal for maintaining the level of Nitric oxide in your body.
  • You can consume fruits like Pomegranate and watermelons to increase the level of Nitric oxide.

Secondly, certain exercises work efficiently to regulate nitric oxide levels and keep you fit.

  • Regular practice of Bhramari Pranayama or Om Chanting for at least 10 minutes a day helps in the exchange of air between the sinuses and the nasal cavity. It thus results in a significant increase in nasal nitric oxide. Bhramari Pranayama has a positive impact on cardiovascular health. It reduces the stress and strain on various systems, thereby improving physical and mental health.
  • One can experience the power of Om Chanting without using his tongue. Its vibrations can improve concentration, minimize stress, detoxify the body, and even control blood pressure which improves the functioning of the heart.
  • By exercising for 30 minutes at least thrice a week, one can contribute to the natural production of Nitric oxide. The exercises can include aerobic training, such as walking or jogging, with anaerobic activity, such as resistance training.
  • Taking long, deep breaths through your nose helps in releasing nitric oxide naturally. It expands blood vessels, increases blood flow, and lowers blood pressure.
  • Also, focus on controlling other health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, or obesity.

I listened to Dhru Purohit’s podcast https://shows.acast.com/broken-brain/episodes/becoming-heart-attack-proof-by-protecting-your-endothelial-h and since I can’t remember much of what I hear, read his post on Nitric Oxide:


Where Nitric Oxide Is Produced 

Breathing through your nose stimulates the production of NO, a gaseous molecule that dilates our blood vessels.

Our nose is one of the primary places NO is produced. When we breathe through our nose, the cells in our sinuses produce NO, which travels directly to our lungs; and because NO dilates our blood vessels, it relaxes our trachea and bronchioles, which allows us to take in more oxygen—that’s a good thing!

In addition to our nose, our endothelial cells (the cells that line the inside of our heart and blood vessels) are another main site of NO production. The NO that’s made by our endothelial cells relaxes our blood vessels, enhancing circulation and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to our tissues.

How Nitric Oxide Protects the Body

When our endothelial cells produce NO, our arteries relax. This keeps our blood moving and our blood pressure normal, which prevents blood clots and plaque buildup.

Having enough NO is essential for cardiovascular health. It reduces our risk of heart attack and stroke—but not having enough NO does the opposite.

NO protects against stroke by increasing blood flow to the brain. This enhanced delivery of blood to the brain is accompanied by oxygen and nutrients, as well, which is why having sufficient NO levels is associated with better learning, cognition, and memory.

Additionally, this circulation to the brain helps flush out toxins and plaques that can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia (1).

Another crazy important function of NO is that it’s antimicrobial, which means it can help fight off viral and bacterial infections. Our nose is our first line of defense when we come in contact with airborne pathogens, but that’s only if we’re using it!

Breathing through our mouths doesn’t produce NO, so we are missing out on that first step of sterilizing whatever microbe is around and instead breathing it directly into our throat and lungs.

What’s Driving NO Deficiency?

One of the leading causes of NO deficiency is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance puts the body in a state of inflammation and oxidative stress that damages our arterial walls, resulting in endothelial dysfunction and a reduced ability to produce NO. With American adults consuming approximately 60 pounds of added sugar annually and one in three having prediabetes, this explains why ED is so common today, affecting 40 percent of males over age 40 and a whopping 70 percent of males over age 70 (57)!

Nitric Oxide also improved Covid outcomes.

So, I woke up today with my mouth DRY and I’ll try the tape and get back to greens.  It’s been a rough winter, but I finally, some greens are in the ground and chard is ready to harvest.   Had so much delicious lettuce, but it’s mostly bolting.  Incredibly, Rocket the pig loves lettuce now, even when it’s bitter!

BEETS — Usually I have so many they go to the critters, but not this year.  The seedlings are still very small, but fortunately, I have organic beet root powder for smoothies.

And then there’s EXERCISE.  A non-starter.  I fall way too often just walking.

Am switching from coffee to matcha for a while because I’m out of whipped cream.  Still use half and half for green tea too, but am not consuming a lot of dairy aside from occasionally cheese.

A great 2013 page with Nitric Oxide handouts from Oregon State with many fliers:


Why have NONE of my doctors and nurses told me about Nitric Oxide?

I can’t remember ever being tested for Nitric Oxide.

North Country Healthcare, an Arizona non-profit, should be prosecuted for failing to prevent the untimely deaths of so many of my friends and neighbors, and they have done NOTHING to help me.

Their ONLY “treatment” was to prescribe pharmaceuticals that CAUSE disease and death.

If there is a hell, there must be a very special place for the imbeciles and psychopaths running North Country Healthcare.

See https://repairthebrain.com/defendant-north-country-must-improve-communications-services/ for more info about North Country and my many unanswered questions.  Licensed and paid to kill with impunity.