L-Arginine is a naturally-occuring "non-essential" amino acid.
L-Arginine is supplied in 500mg and 1,000mg capsules as well as a powder (1 teaspoon equals 4,000mg). It is found in various bars and other products.
Function; Why it is RecommendedArginine
works as a precursor for endothelial cell releasing factor (ECRF), now thought to be nitric oxide. It is a substance produced by one's own blood vessels that keeps the blood vessel open (vasodilatation) rather than spastically closed (vasoconstriction
), dilating the coronary and other arteries
has received favorable reports in preventing and treating heart disease, cancer and infection.
Arginine is a 'regenerative' in that it promotes growth hormone production, slows down the growth of tumors
and cancer by supporting and enhancing the immune system, promotes improved immune system responses to bacteria
, viruses and tumor
cells, supports healing, and is used in the treatment of AIDS
and immune system diseases. Areginine has been found to be useful in treating sterility in men.Arginine
may prevent angina
(chest pain due to coronary vasoconstriction
) or a heart attack. Working on the peripheral arterioles, it is used to treat or prevent heart failure
(the inability of the heart as a pump to keep up with the bodily needs of supply). It has been exceedingly helpful in peripheral arterial
disease in which the leg does not get enough blood for the exercising muscle, resulting in leg cramps
. L-Arginine prevents the build-up of cholesterol
plaque and clots within all of our blood vessels.Arginine
may help release our growth hormone, the naturally rejuvenating hormone. It also may promote sexual function, keep blood pressure normalized, improve coordination and long term memory
and enhance our sense of smell. Arginine might improve insulin
sensitivity in Syndrome X and Type II Diabetes
Arginine is also is a free radical
scavenger, not only internally but externally, thus causing an anti-aging effect on the skin and the internal organs. Additionally, Arginine has been shown to stimulate the immune function in several animal studies. It has been used in combination with traditional approaches for the treatment of cancer, particularly cancer of the breast. In an article from The University of Minnesota, oral L-Arginine in doses of 3gm twice a day taken with meals was recommended.
Although we get 5-6gm of this natural chemical from foods such as meat (including chicken) and nuts, to do the job well we need an additional 6gm each day.
This is an extremely safe product and the only side-effect ever described in an overdose of L-Arginine was mild diarrhea
. It is best to split the dose into 3gm twice per day. Some doctors recommend up to 12gm per day.
References & Further InformationA comprehensive list of foods and their lysine/arginine content can be found here