Our Nitric Oxide Indicator Strips, developed at the University of Texas Health Science Center, are a simple way to see if you’re getting enough essential dietary nitrate from your diet. Use our strips to help determine if the foods you eat deliver enough essential N-O for your body. Non-invasive, the results are instant and easy to read. This means getting your N-O status is a snap.
Curious about your current Nitric Oxide levels? Our Nitric Oxide Indicator Strips are a simple way to see if you’re getting enough dietary nitrate through the foods you eat. For many of us, getting enough of the good stuff through our diet is difficult; for others, the enzyme needed to convert our dietary nutrients into nitric oxide is no longer present.
Our Nitric Oxide Indicator Strips can give you an indication of whether your diet is lacking and if your body is N-O deficient. Non-invasive, the results are instant and easy to read. This means getting your N-O status is a snap.
Salivary nitrite as a marker of systemic NO availability
- Nitrate (from the oxidation of NO or our diet) uptake in the salivary glands: It was recently reported that the sialic acid (SA)/ H+ cotransporter is involved in nitrate uptake into salivary glands.
- Nitrate secretion by salivary glands: The volumes of saliva produced vary depending on the type and intensity of stimulation, with the largest volumes occurring with cholinergic stimulation.
- Oral bacterial nitrate reduction: Humans lack a functional nitrate reductase, so salivary nitrate reduction depends upon oral commensal nitrate-reducing bacteria.
- Oral pH: Healthy oral pH is between 6.5 and 7.5. The pKa of nitrite is 3.4, so any condition that lowers the pH in the oral cavity may destabilize nitrite and affect the use of salivary nitrite as a measure of NO activity.
Sampling saliva is simple and non-invasive; nitrite concentration in both plasma and saliva is an essential biomarker for NO production/availability. This provides sufficient rationale for using salivary nitrite as a clinical test. It is still early, but further studies will show if it will be a valuable tool in the clinical setting.
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