Sex, Salads and Sources

In this article, I will be making outrageous claims and unbelievable statements.

I will also be shamelessly shilling a book about your health.

If you choose to read on…you were warned.

Don’t come crying to me later, snowflakes.

You’re not gonna believe this but…

I do not expect you to believe a word of this article.

I applaud your scepticism. You should not take medical advice from an accountant.

But I have included my sources so you can check them out and decide for yourself. Like a grown-up.

Outrageous claim Number 1: They found a miracle molecule of life

In 1998 a team of scientists was awarded The Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for their discovery of the role played by nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.

The Nobel Prize committee said:

Nitric oxide (NO) is a gas that transmits signals in the organism. Signal transmission by a gas that is produced by one cell, penetrates through membranes and regulates the function of another cell represents an entirely new principle for signalling in biological systems. The discoverers of NO as a signal molecule are awarded this year’s Nobel Prize.

The Nobel Prize Committee


Outrageous claim Number 2: this helps fight chronic diseases

One of the scientists in the prize-winning team, Louis J. Ignarro, went as far as to say:

“There may be no disease process where this miracle molecule does not have a protective role.”

We all know that new fads in the health, nutrition and diet industries come and go.

Science reveals new truths over time. Progress in academia moves slowly (one funeral at a time).

But maybe, just maybe, if there is a “miracle molecule” worthy of the name it would be nitric oxide (NO).

Lack of production and/or availability of nitric oxide has been linked to many of the world’s deadliest diseases of ageing (e.g. heart disease, strokes, hypertension etc). Fixing this might just be the secret to expanding your healthspan.

Optimum nitric oxide production means better bloodflow, lower blood pressure, less risk of blood clot or heart attack, better cardiovascular performance and less inflammation.

We know this from Dr. Nathan S Bryan, who has pioneered the field of therapeutic nitric oxide research and has published 90 studies on this molecule to date.


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Outrageous claim Number 3: You can fix your NO production with these 5 steps

Dr Bryan proposes the following steps to boost your nitric oxide production:

1. Eat vegetables that are rich in nitrates (e.g. beetroot, spinach, rocket, celery, broccoli, radishes)

2. Get physical exercise (e.g. cycling, walking, HIIT training)

3. Stop using antiseptic mouthwash

4. Stop using antacids (drugs that mess with stomach acidity) chronically. Short term use is fine. Long term use…not so much.

5. Supplement your diet (e.g. with beetroot juice / beetroot capsules that are rich in dietary nitrates)

Can you see the good thing about these 5 steps?

Well for one thing, they are natural remedies consistent with evolution.

What’s the worst that could happen? We are looking for bets with more upside than downside (asymmetric returns skewed to the upside).

Worst case scenario: you do these things and they have no effect on your Nitric Oxide…but they’re healthy for other reasons and THEY WILL DO NO HARM.

Best case scenario: it might save your life…or improve your sex life

Wait, wot??

Outrageous claim Number 4: this might improve your sex life

I know that none of you are interested in sex (it’s just a distraction from our index funds)…

….but hypothetically…if you were….you should read this.

Where to find out more?

Last week I read Dr Bryan’s book which has the rather boring title of Functional Nitric Oxide Nutrition.

It’s not particularly long. It’s not a bestseller (though it should be). But it blew me away.

You really should read it.

If you are in debt / too broke to buy the book, I wish you all the best. You can check out Dr Bryan’s blog for free here. Or watch an interview here.

Love to everyone.


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One comment

  1. The worst thing that can happen is that all that beetroot turns your wee and stool red and you briefly think about calling an ambulance. It can be quite a shock! (Speaking as a road cyclist who’s experimented with drinks like “Beet It” before and during spring training camps.)

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