4 Vegan Vasodilators!

 

A “vasodilator” is anything that promotes the dilation, or expansion of blood vessels. These vasodilators often promote the production of nitric oxide, which is used by the body to relax and expand blood vessels, thus adding more oxygen to the bloodstream.

Vasodilation is the core focus of many preworkout and high intensity fitness supplements. Many of these preworkouts, however, rely on caffeine above all to stimulate blood flow and can leave the mind and body jittery and nauseous.

Check out 4 natural ways to promote nitric oxide in the blood and get the most from your workout!

 

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are an outstanding do-it-all legume for any lifestyle or health goal. They are positively packed with protein and fiber, and contain a healthy dose of L-Arginine, an amino acid directly responsible for nitric oxide production. Enjoy these in curries, hummus, or even as a dessert!

Beets

Beets and beetroot powder may be the best examples of naturally vasodilating foods. Many fitness models, athletes, and even entrepreneurs rely on beetroot powder to expand their blood vessels for peak performance. Many veggies are high in nitrates, which the body uses to convert to nitrous oxide.

 

Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the very best pre and post workout foods to enjoy! Watermelon is full of L-Citrulline, an amino acid which works similarly to L-Arginine. Due to its high concentration of water (makes sense, right?) this is an equally effective fruit to eat before or after a workout, sending fresh oxygen to the bloodstream to boost performance and recovery after.

Mixed Nuts

Mixed Nuts of all kinds make the list for best naturally vasodilating foods. They are filling, full of omega 3’s, good fats, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. A handful of nuts is enough to boost cognition, detoxify the body, and promote vasodilation.