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Nitric oxide is not actually found in foods, for the most part. Nitric oxide is a small, reactive molecule that is generated in the body primarily by the breakdown of the amino acid L-arginine. Protein- and nitrate rich foods such as fish, dairy, and meat as well as dark leafy vegetables like spinach are great sources of L-arginine and promote the creation of nitric oxide. Nuts like walnuts and pinenuts are also excellent sources as well as beets and beet root. Hawthorne is an herb that promotes nitric oxide creation. A citrulline, an amino acid related to arginine, which also promotes nitric oxide production, is found in watermelon. And this list wouldn't be complete without chocolate! Chocolate has also been found to aid in the creation of nitric oxide in the body.

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