The power of inorganic nitrates can be dynamic and life-changing!
This is Cassie reporting: “Welcome back to the Cassie Podcast, where we talk health, wellness, and more! I’m so excited to have my favorite guest and expert in the food as medicine space — Annie — on the show today! We’ll be discussing the hot topic of inorganic nitrates — what they are and how they benefit our health. So, let’s get into it — the inorganic nitrate lowdown! Annie, what can you share?”
“Good morning, Cassie. Thanks for having me back. Inorganic nitrates have many descriptions, but we will focus our discussion on the foods we find them in, how they help maintain everyday health, and their influence in managing chronic conditions. A study conducted a few years ago showed lowering blood pressure is one of the most well-documented effects of consuming foods naturally containing inorganic nitrates.”
“Yes, and even more interesting is the recent Nitrate-CIN study, which confirmed that consuming beetroot juice for 5 days before angiography can significantly reduce the risk of contrast-induced nephropathy and subsequent cardiovascular and renal events.
“Wow, that sounds great and complicated. Tell us what that means, and what are inorganic nitrates?”
“Sure. Inorganic nitrates are molecules found in plants such as beets, spinach, and celery, which have been part of the human diet for centuries. Recently, they’ve been studied for their health benefits, such as increased energy, and their ability to reduce inflammation associated with conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and cancer.
In addition, their properties improve performance in athletes by increasing energy and oxygen efficiency, allowing them to work harder and longer without fatigue.
Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of inorganic nitrates is their ability to reduce blood pressure. Research has found that nitrates can help improve blood vessel function, which can help lower high blood pressure. This may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. This is especially important for those at risk for heart disease or hypertension.
“Really? What are some of the top sources of inorganic nitrates?”