I am always looking for ways to naturally boost my nitric oxide levels and one of the best ways and probably one the cheapest is to increase the consumption of foods high in vitamin C. A diet rich in vitamin C is very important as we are one of the very few mammals that does not manufacture its own Vitamin C. To date, there are huge benefits to Vitamin C and, in my opinion, very few downsides under rather special circumstances.
Somewhat higher regular consumption of vitamin C may help protect levels of nitric oxide production and allow it to perform its natural functions. Resulting in Boosting blood flow, lowering blood pressure, improving erectile strength, improved libido and lowering cortisol levels.
Increased Nitric Oxide Production
Nitric oxide is a gaseous signaling molecule found in the human body. And its job is to tell your blood vessels to dilate allowing more blood to flow through them, in response increasing circulation allowing more oxygen and nutrients to flow through the blood vessels to nourish all of your organs, glands and tissues.
Vitamin C plays a great role in Nitric Oxide production as Vitamin C converts nitrites to nitric oxide. One set of study authors noted that “ Vitamin C is an effective scavenger of nitrite, reducing it to nitric oxide and preventing nitrosamine formation in vitro and in vivo.”
Higher Nitric Oxide Production will increase the quality of erections thanks to dilated blood vessels and increased circultation.
Increased Citrulline Levels
Vitamin C can increase citrulline levels. Citrulline is known to improve erectile dysfunction and is a key nutrient to increasing and sustaining Nitric Oxide production which is vital to a healthy, well-functioning, Cardio Vascular system. What is interesting is that an in vitro studies show that Vitamin C can increase citrulline levels.
Reduce Cortisol Levels
Lowering cortisol levels is widely discussed on this website as it will have a great positive impact on your testosterone and libido levels. People with high cortisol levels may find it hard to lose weight even when they have a “perfect”diet and exercise program. Worse yet, cortisol also reduces the body’s ability to process amino acids and build muscle. High levels of cortisol can also inhibit growth hormone levels by stimulating the release of growth hormone antagonists, all bad news for men seek optimal health benefits especially in the bedroom.
Another great benefit of high consumption of vitamin C according to studies is it may reduce cortisol level during times of stress. For example, one study conducted with ultra-marathon runners showed decreases in cortisol from those given megadoses of Vitamin C. (Study)
More recent research found that 1,000 mg of Vitamin C reduced cortisol levels in weight lifters for 24 hours after lifting. Animal studies have shown the same thing on animals under stress.
How Much Vitamin C Is in an Orange?
For myself the first food that comes to mind when thinking of vitamin C is “Oranges.”
How much vitamin C is in an orange, anyway? To be exact, there is 45 mg of vitamin C in your average orange.
For optimal benefits of vitamin C try consuming a minimum 1000 mg of vitamin C especially if you are a very active person.
Don’t worry you don’t have to load up on oranges there are many foods rich in vitamin C. As a last resort, you can always consume a 1000mg vitamin C supplement.
Other Foods high in vitamin C
- Chilli peppers
- Red bell pepper
- Kiwi Furit
Is It OK to Take 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C Daily?
For a healthy adult, taking 1,000 milligrams a day is not linked to an increased risk of medical problems. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board has set the tolerable upper intake level, or UL, of vitamin C for an adult over 19 years old at 2,000 milligrams per day.
To experience the benefits of reducing cortisol levels consumption of minimum 1000mg daily is recommended.
When obtained from food sources and supplements in the recommended dosages, vitamin C is generally regarded as safe. Side effects are rarely reported, but include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Its is suggested to increase your vitamin C intake gradually to prevent side effects.