Nitric oxide

oxido nitrico

       The Nitric Oxide (NO) is a free radical known for its physiological functions, which were the cardiovascular system, immune, nervous and reproductive (VANNI et al., 2007).

      NO has naturally formed in the body by the nitrate-nitrite route-NO, before this discovery, were considered final products Nitrate and Nitrite the (LUNGBERG et al., 2008).

       As benefits, recent literature suggests that it helps in reducing diastolic blood pressure (SUBKO et al., 2010) and systolic blood pressure (KAPIL et al., 2010), the reasons are not yet fully established but there is a suggestion that is the production of NO by nitrite in the walls of blood vessels and not only in the heart (LI et al., 2008).

       One way of using NO known recently is in the form of supplementation, where Larsen in his studies in 2007, 2010 and 2011 reports that use. In addition to the use of sodium nitrate for such supplementation are shown some interesting plants, namely, spinach, lettuce and beet (TAMME et al., 2004), this latter is the most widely used, mainly as juice, in which the ciê come to give more details on another matter.

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