A General Dentist on Nitric Oxide and Overall Nutrition

Posted on: May 15, 2017

Among the many benefits of being a general dentist is the ability to focus on the holistic elements of the human body, including being able to tell patients about things that will help improve their overall physical performance. It is a well-known fact that the mouth is the gateway to the body since all food and hence minerals flow through the mouth on their way into a person’s system. Information in this blog was gathered from content in the article titled "Fuel Performance: 18 Nitrate Rich Foods For Nitric Oxide Production," on amrapnutrition.com

Remember that Nitric Oxide is also produced by your body. Forty percent of the body’s fabrication occurs when you breathe air thru your nose.  Mouth breathers do not produce this forty percent. So breathing thru your nose is the best source of Nitric Oxide formation that your body desperately needs. This is more important than the foods listed below.

Nitric oxide

One element that can have an amazing effect on the body and overall health is nitric oxide. Nitric oxide has been radically effective in ensuring the performance of the human body. Nitric oxide can have a positive effect the cardiovascular, nervous, gastrointestinal, renal, immune and even the respiratory systems. As such, incorporating this vital element into the diet is of critical importance. Thus, we are going to speak about the foods one needs to eat that contain appropriate amounts of nitric oxide.


It might be slightly surprising that a general dentist is recommending the consumption of onions. The reality is that onions are an essential food that increases testosterone levels as well as increasing the nitric oxide production in the body.  In addition to being an excellent source of nitric oxide production, onions are also an incredibly good source of vitamin C.

The only other recommendation one would make, with regards to onions, is to make sure to brush thoroughly after consuming onion in order not to have dragon’s breath.

Wild salmon and shrimp

Eating fish, as a general rule, is extraordinarily good for the overall health of humans. This is especially true when it comes to wild salmon which is an extremely good source of coenzyme Q10. This co-enzyme is a very good way to increase nitric oxide production significantly in the body because it has been shown in dozens of studies to be an extremely potent nitric oxide booster.

Similarly, shrimp is one of the best sources of dietary L-Arginine. L-Arginine is an amino acid and is a precursor of nitric oxide. Essentially what this means, is that when a person consumes shrimp they increase the amount of L-Arginine in the body which the body ultimately converts into nitric oxide.


Much in the same vein as onions, garlic tends to be one of those foods that are highly recommended by doctors and general dentists alike. Research has shown that garlic is a potent activator of nitrous oxide synthase and also helps moderate blood pressure.

According to at least one study, consumption of garlic can help to decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure by as much as eight points in patients that suffer from high blood pressure. It is an extraordinarily impressive food and should be consumed on a regular basis. Like with onions, however, it is important to make sure that one brush one’s teeth after consuming any quantity of garlic.

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that these foods, among others, increase a person’s overall health and performance. When the body is functioning at its best, very often the need for dental or medical care can be reduced significantly. For more tips on how to remain in good health, visit our dental office.

Related Posts

March 15, 2017

Visit a General Dentist if You Are Sleep Deprived

Most medical practitioners will tell you that it is critically important to get sleep during the night and if this is not happening, a trip to our general dentist office can help. While many people …

March 1, 2017

A General Dentist Discusses How Food Can Impact Sleep

As a general dentist, it is important for me to tell patients how to improve their overall health and well-being. Many patients suffer from an inability to sleep through the night, lack the ability to fall asleep …

May 3, 2016

A General Dentist Answers FAQ About Soda, Sports and Energy Drinks on Teeth

As a general dentist, I want my patients to understand the health impact of drinking carbonated beverages. Most people head to the vending machine, purchase a soda and are completely unaware of the damage that …

July 3, 2014

Local Dentist, Dr. Shelton, Treats Diabetic Patients

If you are a diabetic, it is important to visit the dentist several times a year. Diabetics are at a greater risk for oral health issues and complications. Even a simple dental procedure can become …