19 Foods with the Highest Nitrate Content: Boost Your Nitric Oxide Naturally

Doctors, nutritionists, and sport scientists often recommend enriching the diet with foods with the highest nitrate content. This is due to nitrates being an essential component in your body’s production of nitric oxide (NO), which is the compound responsible for keeping your blood vessels flexible and dilating them when needed to control blood pressure.

From there, the main use of NO might seem to be as simple as keeping your blood flow healthy.

However, nitric oxide production goes well beyond maintaining a healthy blood flow throughout your body. Its importance becomes evident when insufficient production of NO increases your chances for atherosclerosis, hypertension, and chronic inflammation.

Optimal nitric oxide production improves erectile function, immune function, physical performance, and neuroprotection in the brain. It may also decrease cancer risk and post-workout muscle soreness.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.

Now that we have established the importance of nitric oxide, here's a quick list of the foods with the highest nitrate content to support its production:



1. Arugula

This plant also goes by the following names: rucola, rocket, and colewort. Its leaves are known for its fresh, peppery, tart, and bitter flavor. Use it raw in salads, pizza, and as garnish, or chopped and cooked with omelettes, seafood, and boiled potatoes.

100 g of fresh arugula contains up to 480mg of nitrates.

Arugula
beet greens

2. Beet Greens

Beet greens contain high levels of inorganic nitrate that can help nitric oxide production in the body. Saute it in olive oil and mix it into your egg, pasta, or rice dishes. Beet greens go well with other nitrate-rich foods like mustard greens and spinach.

3. Beetroot

Beetroot contains very high levels of nitrates (more than 250 mg per 100 g) according to a scientific review of nitrate-rich foods. It is often juiced and used as a pre-workout or breakfast smoothie. Features an earthy and gritty taste that goes well in salads, soups, sides, and sandwiches.

beetroot
bok choy

4. Bok Choy

Bok choy is a cabbage variant popular in Southeast Asia and Southern China. It has a nitrate content of around 102 to 309 mg per 100 g.

Bok choy has a similar appearance to Swiss chard and comes in three variants: light green leaves, white stem with dark green leaves, and moderate green leaves. These are popular ingredients in stir-fry and sautéed vegetable dishes. Goes well with endive, garlic, sesame oil, chicken, eggs, and noodles.

5. Carrot

Carrots contain around 92 to 195 mg of nitrates per 100g. It's also high in Vitamin A, C, and K; magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

Try roasting, stewing, or stir-frying carrots for a change. Also, they are just delicious in their raw form or paired with a healthy dip.

fresh carrots
celery stick

6. Celery

Celery contains very high amounts of nitrates. It's low in carbohydrates and high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, choline and folate.

Try celery raw as part of your salad or by itself, with a yogurt or peanut butter dip. You can also stir-fry it or add it as an ingredient to your chicken or tuna salad.

7. Chervil

Chervil contains more than 250 mg of nitrates per 100g. It has a sweet and soothing taste with a faint hint similar to that of licorice or aniseed. Best used in soups and other mild-tasting dishes.

chervil leaves
Chinese Cabbage

8. Chinese Cabbage

Often mistaken for bok choy. Chinese cabbage leaves have a lighter color than any of the bok choy variants. It shares similarities to the appearance of the Swiss chard and Romaine lettuce.

Chinese cabbage has an estimated nitrate content between 43 to 161 mg per 100 g. It goes well in salads, stews, and stir-fry dishes.

9. Cress

Also known as garden cress, this green has a peppery and tangy taste and aroma. Its sprouts, and fresh or dried seed pods are used in soups, sandwiches, and salads. Cress features a nitrate content exceeding 250mg per 100g.

fresh green cress
endive chicory

10. Endive

This is another food item exceeding a nitrate content of 250mg per 100g in this list. Endive leaves are crunchy with a slightly bitter taste that becomes mellow when cooked. You can eat it raw as part of your salad or try steaming, grilling, or braising this green.

11. Leek

Leeks have a nitrate content ranging from 100 to 250 mg per 100 g. It has a mild onion taste. You can eat leeks raw or cooked. In general, it's a fabulous ingredient in soups, dips, vinaigrettes, and salads.

Leeks
Fresh lettuce

12. Lettuce

Lettuce contains more than 250 mg of nitrates in every 100g. It has a mild nutty flavor. Use it in salads, sandwiches, and hamburgers.

13. Mustard Greens

Mustard greens contain 70 to 95 mg of nitrates per 100 g. This food has a strong bitter taste which earned it its other name - “bitter greens”. You can eat mustard greens fresh but their bitter taste might be overpowering. Braise or steam them to tone down the bitterness a bit.

mustard greens
parsley herb

14. Parsley

Parsley contains around 100 to 250 mg of nitrates per 100 g. Although often used as a garnish, it has a bright taste that can balance dishes with opposing flavors.

15. Pomegranate

Pomegranate juice contains an average of 13 mg of nitrates per liter. This delicious drink is often used as a way to improve exercise performance, erectile function, and cardiovascular health.

pomegranate
rhubarb

16. Rhubarb

Rhubarb contains around 250 mg of nitrate per 100 grams. Featuring large triangular green leaves with crimson red, pink, or light green stalks, its stalks taste like green apples. Rhubarb has a sour taste when raw and a sweeter flavor when cooked.

17. Spinach

Aside from containing more than 250 mg of nitrates per 100 g, spinach is also a good source of Vitamins A, K, and C, iron, and folate. Widely used in Chinese, Mediterranean, and Indian cuisine.

fresh spinach
swiss chard

18. Swiss Chard

Swiss chard has a nitrate content of more than 250 mg per 100 grams. It has a similar taste to beet greens and spinach. Goes well in stir-fry, sautéed, and salad dishes.

19. Turnips

Turnips contain high amounts of nitrates. Young turnips have a taste similar to carrots but older ones tend to have a slightly bitter taste. They’re often sautéed in butter with garlic and pepper.

turnips

The Verdict

What’s great about nitrates is that they do not deteriorate from cooking.

So, you can pair the nitrate-rich foods in this article with any of the items from our testosterone-boosting foods list and get yourself some extra health benefits.

Talk about a fabulous double action for men!


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Ivan is a medical doctor that has five years experience in researching and writing health-related content, SaaS companies, startups, motivation and self-growth resources. He also speak five languages. Therefore, he is able to research any topic five times better than the average writer.





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