Empower Your Body and Get a Boost From Nitric Oxide

Many of you are aware by now that I was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. The National Institute of Health describes Sickle Cell Anemia as “a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. People with SCD have abnormal hemoglobin, called hemoglobin S or sickle hemoglobin, in their red blood cells.” They go further in the definition by stating that “hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.” “Inherited” means that the disease is passed by genes from parents to their children. Living with Sickle Cell can be very trying and tumultuous. Staying healthy is challenging whether you have Sickle Cell or not. However, Living with Sickle Cell means that there are greater needs for living as healthy a life as possible.

For many, the ravages of Sickle Cell can cause damage to many of the joints, nerves, and major organs, which include the heart,brain, lungs, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and even the eyes. It is for this reason that eating and drinking well becomes an essential component for maintaining bodily functions. When I dealt with issues with my lungs developing a disorder known as Pulmonary Hypertension, which in essence is high blood pressure of the lungs, I began looking into ways that I could personally increase oxygen levels in my blood, apart from the home oxygen machine doctors had recommended that I use.

One thing that I learned about while participating in a health study is that boosting nitric oxide was one great way to facilitate increasing the oxygenation of the blood. Nitric oxide is not to be confused with nitrous oxide which some people use to give their cars a boost in speed. By increasing consumption of nitric oxide, you enable your blood to absorb more oxygen into the bloodstream which is a critical component for blood plasma to maintaining it normal shape, as opposed to the sickle shape found in people with Sickle Cell.

There are a great number of food sources that will provide you with the boost you can get nitric oxide from. Ali Kuoppala shares a list of 20 foods that are great sources of nitric oxide and their individual benefits besides increased oxygen. The list includes:


  1. Dark Chocolate
  2. Watermelon
  3. Pomegranate
  4. Walnuts
  5. Brown Rice
  6. Spinach
  7. Oranges
  8. Beets
  9. Cranberries
  10. Garlic
  11. Black Tea
  12. Cayenne Pepper
  13. Honey
  14. Pistachios
  15. Salmon
  16. Kale
  17. Animal Organs
  18. Onions
  19. Shrimps
  20. Peanut Butter



The next time you go shopping for food, consider including some or all of these items in your regular diet and give yourself a boost. You may find yourself feeling better as a result.

QUESTION: What are some other things you’ve discovered as a means of boosting your personal health?



  1. […] Nitric Oxide: For the last couple of weeks I’ve been talking about the benefits of increasing nitric oxide. Watermelon happens to be one of those fruits that is a good source of this molecule that our body produces and needs.  It’s ability to aid the body in the oxygenation of the blood system cannot be ignored. […]

  2. […] Nitric Oxide: I don’t think I can say enough about this one. I mentioned in another blog many of the benefits of nitric oxide. If you missed it, click the link for why this is necessary for increasing oxygenation of the blood. […]

  3. […] Empower Your Body and Get a Boost From Nitric Oxide (apreachaskid.wordpress.com) […]

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