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What are Dietary Nitrates and Why Do They Really Matter?

Nitrates are naturally-occurring, inorganic compounds found in our soil, water, and air.

Recently, a rapidly-growing body of research has shown that nitrates are critical to our health and performance. That’s why dietary nitrates—the nitrates found in the food we eat—have become a hot topic, especially among performance-oriented athletes. Red beets, in particular, have received a great deal of attention because of their high nitrate content and resulting ability to improve both cardiovascular health and athletic performance results.  

Dietary nitrates make your heart and muscles more efficient.

When we consume adequate amounts of dietary nitrates, our body converts them into a short-lived gas called nitric oxide. One of nitric oxide’s primary roles is to regulate the delivery of oxygen to the muscles. It does this by relaxing and opening the blood vessels, subsequently improving blood flow. Better blood flow not only translates into lower blood pressure, but into a decreased demand on your heart and skeletal muscles.

Additional research has shown that dietary nitrates can reduce the oxygen cost of exercise, improving the function of our energy-producing mitochondria.

The bottom line? Your heart and muscles can do more work with less perceived effort when your body is powered by an organic, high-nitrate supplement like Pure Clean Powder!...

While leafy greens such as arugula (rucola), red-leaf spinach, and celery have some of the highest concentrations of nitrates, red beets still offer the largest amount of dietary nitrates per gram.

Whole foods matter.

Until recently, nitrates (especially those used in processed meats as a preservative) were considered toxic, and long-term exposure to them was thought to increase our risk of cancer.  We now understand that nitrates themselves are not carcinogenic; it’s the cooking and processing methods that are the underlying cause of concern. 

It turns out that nitrites (the compound formed in the body from dietary nitrates) can form carcinogenic nitrosamines (like N-nitrosodmethylamine, NDMA) when meat-containing nitrites or nitrates are cooked or grilled. In fact, in October of 2015, processed meats were classified as a cancer causing substance by the World Health Organization.

The key point:

Synthetic nitrates added to meats that are grilled are much different that nitrates that occur naturally in fresh vegetables. And fresh vegetables are packed with a host of additional, health-protecting compounds (minerals, vitamins, antioxidants) that further enhance the actions and benefits of dietary nitrates.  

Are you getting enough dietary nitrates?

You don’t have to guess! With a few drops of saliva and a nitric oxide assessment strip, you can quickly and easily determine if your food choices and/or dosage of Pure Clean Powder is enough to have a positive—and measurable—impact on your performance.

Check your nitric oxide level and save 20% when you purchase a Nitric Oxide Assessment 10 Pack. To activate your discount, use the coupon NO20 during checkout.