Spinach, apples increase important molecule for cardiovascular and cognitive health

Lyra Nara Blog

Scientists have discovered that consuming apples and spinach acutely increases nitric oxide (NO) status, an important molecule for cardiovascular and cognitive health through its affect on blood flow and blood vessel function.

UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology expert Dr Catherine Bondonno was interested in testing whether flavonoid-rich apples and nitrate-rich spinach would increase markers of NO in the body, thereby leading to an improvement in cognitive function and mood.

“An imbalance of NO has been found in cardiovascular disorders and certain pathological conditions in the brain, [and] it appears cardiovascular disease or the presence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease contribute to cognitive decline,” she says.

“A diet high in fruit and vegetables is associated with improved cardiovascular and cognitive health.

“Flavonoids and nitrate, two components of a fruit and vegetable diet, are currently generating interest as research shows they could improve health by increasing NO in…

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