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Cardiovascular Nutrition Lab

Cardiovascular Nutrition Lab
Dietary nitrate serves as a substrate for production of biologically active nitrogen oxides (NOx)

Dr. Hord supervises a research program that focuses dietary nitrate and nitrite in animal models to inform dietary recommendations to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and improve athletic performance. Dietary nitrate and nitrite contribute to endogenous NO production from nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway; this pathway presents new opportunities to prevent and treat hypertension and other conditions related to atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases associated with endothelial nitric oxide (NO) deficiency. In this context, foods rich in nitrate and nitrite may been demonstrated to be effective for blood pressure lowering, stabilization of atherosclerotic plaques and improve athletic performance in adults.