Arginine is a non-essential amino acid. It stimulates the immune system. It is important for tissue growth, regeneration, and healthy nitric oxide production.
Arginine is a precursor to nitrous oxide, which is a vasodilator. In other words, it “opens” blood vessels allowing for increased blood flow.
With increased blood flow there is more nutrient movement throughout the body, as well as a better functioning lymphatic system to remove waste.
All of this increases the body’s immunity.
What does Arginine do?
- Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system
- Raises production of nitric oxide
- Major blood pressure regulator
- Proper function of the Thymus gland
- Stimulates healthy Immune function
- Stimulates Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
- Important for Nitric Oxide production
- Promotes healing
- Detoxifies the Liver
- Detoxifies excess ammonia
Conditions that Arginine May Help
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
- Parasitic Detox
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Vascular Conditions
- Heart Conditions
- Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes (NIDD)
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Wound healing
When looking for an arginine supplement, always look for the “L” in front of the name, l-arginine. The “L” signifies that the amino acid is in ‘free form’ and this is the only form you should take as a supplement.
L-arginine dosages range from 500 mg – 10 grams per day; occasionally higher dosages have been used.
L-arginine and l-ornithine are often found in a single supplement. Arginine is actually the precursor of the non-essential amino acid ornithine.
Many have found that Arginine is best taken during the day whereas ornithine is best taken at night. For some, arginine acts as a mild stimulant whereas ornithine seems to have a more relaxing effect. For those who do not experience the stimulant and relaxing effects, formulas that have both amino acids are common and work well together.
L-arginine has no known toxicity. With some of the higher dosages, minor gastrointestinal symptoms may occur. This is best avoided by increasing the dosage slowly and/or by reducing the dosage if any GI symptoms occur.
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