Definition of Arginine:

A nonessential amino acid but may be essential for individuals with certain diseases or nutritional concerns.  May promote the release of growth hormone.  Involved in creatine synthesis, a compound that stores energy in muscle.  Helps to remove ammonia from the body as part of the urea cycle.

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Cancer, General

...recommendation L-Arginine
“Clinical studies have shown improved immune function in cancer patients fed arginine...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...recommendation L-Arginine
“...In a group of 15 men with erectile dysfunction given 2,800mg of arginine per day for two weeks, six were helped, though none improved while taking placebo...”
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Growth Hormone Testing a treatment
“...Many endocrinologists will test to diagnose adult GH deficiency by stimulating a GH response to a combination of GHRH and an inhibitor of somatostatin tone such as pyridostigmine, arginine, clonidine or insulin...”

Herpes Simplex Type I

...recommendation against L-Arginine
Arginine promotes viral replication of herpes...”
...recommendation L-Lysine
“...Supplementation with free-form lysine has shown to be beneficial in controlling herpes along with a diet high in lysine and low in arginine...”

Herpes Simplex Type II

...recommendation L-Lysine
“Researchers recently discovered that, in order to replicate, the herpes virus needs arginine, another common amino acid...”
...recommendation against L-Arginine
Arginine promotes viral replication of herpes...”
...recommendation against Coconut
“People who have active herpes virus should not consume much – if any – coconut due to its high arginine content...”

Intermittent Claudication

...recommendation L-Arginine
“Intravenous injections of the amino acid arginine have been shown to be remarkably effective at improving intermittent claudication...”

Interstitial Cystitis

...recommendation L-Arginine
Arginine, 3gm per day in divided doses on an ongoing basis, can reduce symptoms...”
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L-Arginine a treatment
“...Function; Why it is Recommended: Arginine works as a precursor for endothelial cell releasing factor (ECRF), now thought to be nitric oxide...”

L-Lysine a treatment
“...Herpes virus requires many proteins with the amino acid arginine, and lysine competes directly with arginine in many of these processes...”

Ornithine a treatment
“...Why it is Recommended: Ornithine is an excellent weight-loss constituent along with arginine and carnitine...”
...related topic
“...Manufactured from arginine and functions similarly to arginine, it stimulates the human growth hormone and is made by the digestion of proteins and some compounds made from arginine...”

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

...recommendation L-Arginine
“Injury significantly increases the need for the amino acid arginine, which is essential for a variety of metabolic functions...”
...recommendation Glutamine
“...An article documented beneficial effects from supplying burn patients with glutamine and arginine in amounts 2-7 times those found in the normal diet of healthy persons [De-Souza et al...”


...relationship to Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion
“...The toxic metabolites of the amino acids arginine and ornithine are known as polyamines (e.g., putrescine, spermidine, and cadaverine) and have been shown to be increased in individuals with psoriasis...”

Trypsin a treatment
“...Function: Trypsin is partial to cleaving proteins at arginine and lysine amino acid residues...”
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