I’ve always been fascinated by how certain populations around the globe appear to be far healthier – and live far longer – than those of us in the U.S.
Like the people of Tibet.
This population lives 13,000 feet above sea level, along the northern side of the Himalayas.
At those lofty heights, the air is so thin it would make the average American sick to their stomach.
Yet the long-lived residents of Tibet show no signs of sickness.
In fact, they thrive at high altitudes.
How is it that an entire population can be so immune to the effects of the thin air?
Is it their diet? A healthier lifestyle?
As it turns out, Tibetans have TEN times more nitric oxide as low-altitude U.S. residents. Now that I’m living at sea level… I’m sure I’m way behind.
After eons of high-altitude living, they are incredibly efficient at creating this health-boosting nutrient.
You see, nitric oxide (or NO for short) is a powerful molecule that can “signal” your arteries to open up wider. And when your arteries open up, you have improved blood flow.
The advantages of healthy blood flow stretch from your head to your toes… literally. Proper blood flow helps to keep your hands and feet warm.
But it’s so much more than that.
Nitric oxide supports a healthy heart and blood pressure levels, revs up your energy, helps you maintain healthy triglycerides. And even boosts enjoyment in your love life.
Now, I know most of you were not born in Tibet.
Your bodies are not swimming in nitric oxide.
So, is there a way to boost NO levels to improve blood flow?
As a matter of fact, there is. And it all starts with what you eat.
Here are five foods that boost NO levels and improve circulation:
1. Cayenne pepper
I’ve mentioned before that cayenne is one of my all-time favorite spices.
It’s a natural appetite suppressant, gives your immune system a lift, and can reduce pain.
It’s also fantastic for your blood flow due to its high capsaicin content.
Capsaicin is a phytochemical that stimulates the release of that all-important nitric oxide.
So, bring the heat and spice up your food with some cayenne pepper.
2. Fatty fish
You already know fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.
These fats are essential for keeping your heart and brain strong.
But they also play a key role in promoting the release of nitric oxide in the body.
Aim for two servings of fish a week.
Simply put, turmeric is not just a spice… it’s powerful medicine.
It’s anti-inflammatory, boosts your immune system, reduces pain, aids digestion, and supports your brain and mood.
Plus, it’s great for your circulation which is why both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine have used turmeric since ancient times to open blood vessels.
Research suggests a compound found in turmeric – curcumin – helps increase nitric oxide production.
Beetroots, commonly known as beets, are packed with vital vitamins, minerals and other health boosting nutrients… like nitrates and nitrites.
Nitrates and nitrites are two nutrients shown to boost nitric oxide levels.
Numerous studies have demonstrated how powerful beets can be to good health… particularly cardiovascular and circulatory health…
In fact, that’s why it’s one of the key ingredients to my ActivOx formula. Take a look for yourself, right here.
5. Leafy greens
Another type of food high in nitrates are leafy greens, like spinach and collard greens.
Your body converts these nitrates to nitric oxide, which in turn, improves circulation.
Now, there’s no doubt nitric oxide is an essential for vibrant health.
And when you’re in your teens and 20s, your body is able to make enough nitric oxide to keep your arteries healthy and clean, so your blood moves freely.
But research indicates that when you reach your 40s, you only produce half, or even less, of the nitric oxide you did at age 20.
And, your nitric oxide production continues to decline as you age.
Incorporating some of these foods into your regular diet helps to give yourself a natural nitric oxide boost.
You might just feel the difference… from your head to your toes.