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Nitric oxide in nutrient-dense plant foods and healthy dilation of arteries

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You may want to check out a unique article on what nitric oxide from plant foods can do for your body, for example promoting the healthy dilation of veins and arteries, according to the recent article on Dr. Sinatra's website. See the article, "Nitric Oxide Is Critical to Cardiovascular Health." The point of the article is that nitric oxide plays several important roles inside your body.

Foods such as kale may be able to help prevent prevents red blood cells from sticking together to create dangerous clots and blockages. Some people have genetic conditions that prevent their bodies from naturally generates enough nitric oxide in the endothelium that line the blood vessel walls. That condition can lead to various health problems such as hypertension or arterial disease, whereby the lining of the arteries are damaged. When that happens, the nitric oxide isn't able to be produced by the body, at least not in the quantity the body needs. What happens then is the blood vessels can become inflamed or other health problems might develop.

In Dr. Sinatra's article, certain plant foods are suggested. Sure, you could exercise, but too much exercise might create oxidative stress causing more problems. What Dr. Sinatra offers in his article are suggested foods. One example would be organic kale around two or three times a week.

Puree that kale and drink it as a juice or freeze it as sorbet

You can make a juice of the kale if you aren't eating it chopped up finely in a raw salad with other vegetables. Just juice a cup or more of dark green kale, such as the Tuscan-style Lacinato kale with a head of cabbage (any color) and two cups of coconut water or clean, filtered water. Then sweeten, if desired, with two peeled, seedless oranges. Puree everything and drink the kale and cabbage juice or puree like a smoothie. Or freeze it into a sorbet.

If you don't like the taste of kale because it seems bitter to you, puree it in a blender with two cups of coconut water, two peeled seedless oranges, and a small head of cabbage. Then drink that sweet juice or freeze it into a frozen dessert. You can add a spoon of unsweetened cocoa powder or pour in some almond milk into the blender or even a small amount of tofu for variety. Basically, any green leafy vegetable can be pureed or emulsified in a blender with coconut water and the juice of two peeled, seedless oranges to hide the taste of dark green leafy vegetables. By adding a cut up head of cabbage, you make the drink more alkaline and somewhat sweet in the coconut water and oranges. Drink it like a smoothie.

You can see other supplements also mentioned on Dr. Sinatra's site such as L-arginine (if your health condition allows it), vitamin C and E, fish oil, grape seed extact, and Gycine propionyl L-carnitine (GPLC) along with exercise. Check out Dr. Sinatra's article to see what dose he recommends on the site and what the supplement is supposed to do for the human body.

While big 'pharma' works on creating a drug that upstages nitric oxide production, you may find nutrients are what you want such as pureed kale. Vegans have a mantra that food is medicine or at least it can be for certain health prevention measures based on nutrition.

With dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and other dense plant nutrients from foods, you have help getting the healthiest nutrients into your body. So far no drugs are going to 'whip' your body into producing nitric oxide in the amount needed to prevent heart disease unless your genes are programmed to make nitric oxide and the foods you eat are helping your body make nitric oxide in the amount customized to your particular body's needs.

Eat More Kale promotions in Sacramento food markets

Why do increasing numbers of children in Sacramento and their parents want to eat more kale this year? The Eat More Kale movement is about being part of a worldwide movement, a t-shirt revolution. Customers come from all around the globe. When you buy a shirt send a picture of you wearing it somewhere, and let the artist know so he can add it to his wall. If you want to check out his collection of photos you can see them here. Can it be a different New Year's Resolution? It's also about shaping the world with super foods and healthy produce.

In Sacramento last year was marked by sharply rising food prices and an emphasis on eating the super foods, such as kale as well as heirloom vegetables, organic produce, and locally-grown foods. This year will emphasize wearing what you enjoy eating on your favorite t-shirt or windbreaker. That don't refer to food stains.

It means a slogan about how locally-grown super foods can shape the health of Sacramentans for 2012. No matter how wry a face your child makes at the thought of eating a vegetable, especially a leafy green one, more kids and grown-ups really want to be about eating locally, organic, and growing their own veggies, even in community and school gardens.

Yes, more kids at least in Sacramento really want super foods now to show off to friends. It's a backlash against unhealthy foods pushed by fast-foods. Can you believe children actually showing off their t-sheets on "Eat More Kale" and other super-food oriented slogans on t-shirts and other objects, varying from gluten-free to actually naming which foods are healthiest? Can it develop into a science or art project for some kids?

Kale is a super food full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K. It's an ancestor of the cabbage plant, kale is primarily a cold-weather crop with a taste similar to collard greens

It grows in climates that are inhospitable to other vegetables and can get tastier with a hard freeze. Eat More Kale is about supporting small business, business that actually cares and hasn't been swallowed up by the profit-hungry, corporate mentality. In the name of children's nutrition, it's a great idea to give your child an Eat More Kale t-shirt to wear at play or when traveling.

The shirts are distinctive, offbeat, one-of-a-kind works of art. The shirts are printed by a man with one squeegee. When you see someone wearing one of the Eat More Kale t-shirts you will instantly recognize it's personal style, character and the care the artist took to craft it.

Eat More Kale t-shirts also is about eating locally, supporting local farmers, bakers, farmers markets, farm stands, CSA's, community gardens and restaurants, sustainable lifestyles, social commentary and community

Most importantly, the idea is about printing Vermont's one-at-a-time original design t-shirts. Have fun and remember: eat more kale. In past years in the month of December, Eat More Kale was slapped with a lawsuit for just using the "Eat More" slogan. Can you believe, you can't tell your kids to eat more vegetables, kale, or any other healthy food any more without somebody saying the words "eat more" are trademarked or registered and not simply a general idea applicable to any given class of food? See the site, Chick-fil-A Says 'Eat More Kale' Slogan Infringes On Its 'Eat More Chicken.

What if a t-shirt said eat lots of kale or eat kale or eat more of anything healthy? See the sites, 'Eat More Kale' T-Shirts Challenged by Chick-fil-A - NYTimes.com. Also see, Chicken Vs. Kale: Artist Fights Chick-Fil-A Suit : NPR. And check out the video, Video: The RidicuList: Chick-fil-A battles T-shirt guy – Anderson Cooper. How can a t-shirt saying eat more of any given food muddle the image of Chick-Fil-A's "Eat more chicken" slogan? See the site, Chick-fil-A's Response Is Boon To Eat More Kale T-shirt Maker.

Can a business tell people not to say "eat more" in public anymore on their t-shirts? And then there are the sites, Chick-fil-A's Response Is Boon To Eat More Kale T-shirt Maker, and Chick-Fil-A Says Artist Bo Muller-Moore's 'Eat More Kale' Slogan. Well, it would be worse if a t-shirt said "eat less" of any given food as in "eat less transfats" or "eat lower portion sizes." So what's with the generality words so familiar as "eat more?"

Maybe you can say it in another language as "eat more" in Italian is translated as: mangiare di più. So check out the sites, Eat More Kale Gifts, T-Shirts, Stickers, & More - CafePress, Chick-fil-A Says 'Eat More Kale' Shirt Confuses Public, Christian News, Eat More Kale T-Shirt.

Nitric oxide regulates plants as well as people, says a 2008 study

Nitric oxide has emerged as an important signaling molecule in plants - as in mammals including people. In studies of a tropical medicinal herb as a model plant, researchers have found that nitric oxide targets a number of proteins and enzymes in plants, according to an April 27, 2008 news release, "Nitric oxide regulates plants as well as people."

In collaborative work with the research group of Renu Deswal, a faculty member, and her doctoral student at the Botany Department, University of Delhi, India, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Autar Mattoo has identified 19 such targeted proteins and enzymes in Kalanchoe pinnata, also known as "miracle leaf."

These proteins and enzymes are involved in regulating processes from seed germination to cell development to plant death. Notably, they also regulate many other important processes including photosynthesis, sugar metabolism, disease- and stress tolerance in plants.

Mattoo is a plant physiologist with the ARS Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory at Beltsville, Maryland, at the time of the April 27, 2008 news release, "Nitric oxide regulates plants as well as people." The collaborative research suggests that the effects of nitric oxide, a sometimes toxic byproduct of nitrogen oxidation in soil, may have broader implications in plant processes than realized. Its modification of proteins, a process called S-nitrosylation, is increasingly recognized as an ubiquitous regulatory reaction in plants and mammals.

Mattoo and Deswal have shown for the first time that nitric oxide inactivates Rubisco, a major enzyme involved in carbon dioxide fixation and photosynthesis in plants

Kalanchoe represents plants that have a unique method of carbon dioxide fixation that is shared by succulent plants. Kalanchoe has diverse possible medicinal benefits suggesting the presence of interesting processes at work. Mattoo hopes to do similar studies with major crops grown in different production systems, with an eye toward improving both crop yields and quality, including nutritional benefits.

Other scientists have studied nitric oxide targets in the most common model plant, Arabidopsis. Mattoo and collaborators found that Kalanchoe had some nitric oxide targets in common with Arabidopsis, such as Rubisco and drought-protective proteins. They also found new protein targets in Kalanchoe that have not been reported previously. A paper discussing these results is published in the FEBS Journal. See, "S-nitrosylated proteins of a medicinal CAM plant Kalanchoe pinnata– ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase activity targeted for inhibition."

Also check out these other articles on Dr. Sinatra's website: For Impotence, It’s L-Arginine, What is the Best High Blood Pressure Diet? But make sure any supplement you take is indicated by your health care team for your particular condition and won't do any harm. Everybody's different when it comes to how various organs respond to any supplement or in the case of people with allergies or adverse reactions, how some humans respond to specific foods.

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