From exercise to good dieting there are a number of factors that impact on our cardiovascular health. Medical specialists and dieticians are better placed to explain how these are important and the steps you need to follow to achieve better health.
For instance they’ll tell you green leafy vegetables are better than cooked food. But for the common people that we are, the reasoning behind this is not always clear to us. Things complicate even more when we are told “Eat vegetables, and don’t spit if you want to achieve better cardiovascular health”. Does that make sense?
Funny and awkward as it may seem, researchers have indeed found that eating vegetables and not spitting afterwards is linked with improved cardiovascular health. They’ve carried out tests with positive results. Are you still with me? Let’s see how.
Vegetables contain nitrate which is concentrated in our saliva after eating. The nitrate is not the “good stuff” we’ll be talking about. Don’t jiggle already. Nitrate is biologically inactive. The “good stuff” is nitrite (“i” not “a”) which results by the action of bacteria in our mouths (yeah, the bacteria that stink our mouths) on the nitrate. Our saliva is thus enriched in nitrite. When we swallow it the nitrite is absorbed in our bloodstream, thus reducing our blood pressure and improving our vascular well-being.
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To your health.
Mauritian residing in Rodrigues, Amanoola Khayrattee (pen name Alfa King) is contributing writer and journalist to La Gazette Mag de l’océan indien and This Week News Mauritius.
Retired, former meteorological cadre, trade unionist and OSH consultant, Amanoola has written for in-house union and other journals, publications and magazines. He runs two blogs since 2007: “Alfa King Memories”, and “Le Journal d’Alfa King”. When he is not reading or writing, he is on a 10+ km daily hike in anticipation of his monthly trails.
Amanoola may be reached at [email protected].