1. Is the molecule nitric oxide responsible for healing blood vessels?
  2. How does nitric oxide heal the blood vessels?

I watched a documentary about the healing effects of nitric oxide. In the video I saw a cardiologist show an X-ray picture of one of his damaged heart blood vessels, and then another X-ray picture showing the same heart blood vessel completely healed. He claimed it was due to a radical change in his diet of consuming lots of nitrogen rich vegetables which the body in turn converted to nitric oxide. Is this possible?

Sources :

The original source was the youtube video Forks Over Knifes, however it was recently taken down. I have provide the following links which provide a little bit of information :



Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn was the one who made the statement about heart health and nitric oxide, also showing the xray pictures of one of his colleague cardiologists in the documentary.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you provide a link to that documentary? NO causes vasodilation, I have not heard of its role in regeneration. And simply eating nitrogen-rich food will also not increase NO (its synthesis is not limited by the availability of nitrogen) $\endgroup$
    Jan 14 '15 at 15:04
  • $\begingroup$ @WYSIWYG The documentary is called Forks Over Knives. Thanks for the response. $\endgroup$ Jan 14 '15 at 17:14
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    $\begingroup$ Here's a review published in Nature, about the regenerative role of NO, followed by an application in 2012 to wound healing. nature.com/aps/journal/v26/n3/full/aps200541a.html nanomedjournal.com/article/S1549-9634%2812%2900090-1/abstract $\endgroup$
    – CKM
    Jan 14 '15 at 20:26

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