The Most Important Molecule for Health You Have Never Heard Of: Nitric Oxide

Episode 165 1h 6m


What if I told you one single thing could work as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neurotransmitter, and vasodilator and that it helps promote memory and learning, increase arousal in both men and women, protect against sun damage and skin cancer, and regulate digestive enzymes and hormones? You’d want some of that, wouldn’t you? Well, nitric oxide is capable of all of this and more. Our bodies naturally produce this molecule but, due to lifestyle factors, some of us make more than others. Luckily for us, there are many things we can do to increase our nitric oxide levels and reap the health benefits.

Today I’m honored to sit down and talk with the man who actually discovered nitric oxide, Dr. Louis Ignarro. At almost 80 years old, it’s clear Dr. Ignarro has used his own research on nitric oxide and longevity to his full advantage. His passion for science is inspiring and contagious as he walks us through his journey of discovering nitric oxide and spending his career researching its amazing multi-dimensional benefits on human health. I know you’re wondering how you can increase your own nitric oxide production, which Dr. Ignarro and I discuss a great deal.

We talk about different foods that can help, like leafy green vegetables, monounsaturated fats, and berries, as well as those that can hinder our production, like refined carbs. Since arginine is necessary for nitric oxide production, we also talk about foods rich in this amino acid, like almonds and other nuts. Exercise and nasal breathing are other ways we can naturally boost our production of nitric oxide.

Dr. Ignarro explains the mechanisms of how it all works and why we should incorporate things that support nitric oxide production into our health routines if we want to feel our best and age well. We also talk about supplements, using nitric oxide to heal from COVID-19, and so much more. I hope you’ll tune in.


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Topics Covered

  • The observation that first got Dr. Ignarro thinking about nitric oxide

    (2:12 - 6:24)

  • How statin drugs boost nitric oxide

    (7:16 - 11:28)

  • The link between nitric oxide, inflammation, and antioxidants

    (10:27 - 14:39)

  • The surprising development of Viagra

    (12:06 - 16:18)

  • The many beneficial effects of nitric oxide

    (16:56 - 21:10)

  • How to boost nitric oxide with food and supplements

    (24:07 - 28:50)

  • How exercise boosts nitric oxide

    (39:31 - 44:14)

  • Producing nitric oxide with your breath

    (43:59 - 48:42)

  • Using nitric oxide to treat Covid-19

    (49:20 - 54:02)

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