Have You Heard That If You Fix High Blood Pressure,
You May Also Fix Diabetes & High Cholesterol Too?
Hmmm...You May Also End Up With Other Normal Body Functions.
Fixing your Libido Would Be a PLUS, Wouldn't It?
L-Arginine is a natural amino acid that works to maintain your overall health. It encourages peak circulation, promotes immune function and even supports the effects of exercise.** But that's not all--L-Argnine also works to:
- Promote cardiovascular health.**
- Optimize sexual performance.**
- Help maintain blood pressure that is in normal range.**
What is L-Arginine?
L-Arginine is a natural amino acid that is used to synthesize hormones and compounds that are critical for overall health. L-Arginine may be most notable for optimizing synthesis of nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes and opens up the blood vessels, encouraging free-flowing circulation. Arginine’s support of circulation may unlock expansive cardiovascular benefits. Its circulation-boosting benefits help maintain blood pressure that’s already in a normal range. Arginine’s circulatory benefits may also optimize peak sexual performance in men.
L-Arginine is also used by the body to synthesize creatine. An important compound for wellness, creatine supports the effects of exercise by helping to optimize endurance and build muscle. Arginine promotes protein synthesis as well. Because of these exercise-related bioactivities, L-Arginine is commonly used by athletes as a performance-optimizing supplement.
L-Arginine promotes immune health by assisting with synthesis of antibodies and T cells. L-Arginine is also used to synthesize both insulin and glucagon, two hormones that help maintain healthy and stable blood sugar levels. Finally, Arginine helps the body synthesize urea, an important compound that enables the excretion of excess ammonia in the body.
1. Improves Heart Health
Research shows that l-arginine is beneficial for lowering inflammation and improving the health of the blood vessels and cardiovascular system, which is why it’s one of the most popular supplements recommended by cardiologists. For people with high risk factors for coronary heart disease, L-arginine supplements can be an effective measure for preventing a heart attack or stroke.
Some of the ways that L-arginine improves cardiovascular health include: preventing high blood pressure, improving blood flow in people with clogged arteries (coronary artery disease), lowering high cholesterol, helping to relieve congestive heart failure, improving stamina, and reducing symptoms associated with cut-off blood flow from the heart to the limbs (called claudication).
It’s also commonly used for treating chest pains (angina pectoris) because of the effects of nitric oxide preventing blood clots (thrombosis) that cut off blood supply. Two to three grams a day of L-arginine supplementation has been shown to resolve nitrate intolerance in most people with angina according to some studies. And finally, L-arginine is capable of safely improving exercise performance in people with low stamina, circulation problems and a history of heart disease.
2. Lowers Inflammation and Fights the Effects of Aging
Beyond heart health, one of the primary benefits of L-arginine is fighting disease-causing inflammation and raising immune function. L-arginine has been found to have substantial free radical-scavenging abilities due to its effects on the enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD) as well as other antioxidant mechanisms. It’s commonly used in combination with antioxidants like vitamin C and omega-3 fish oil supplements, helping to slow the aging process and preventing many chronic diseases.
L-arginine also positively affects both central nervous system and immune system functions since in the brain NO acts as a neurotransmitter and protective agent against outside threats. Helpful for detoxifying the body, L-arginine can even lower the presence of ammonia within the blood, which is why it’s sometimes used to treat people with metabolic problems and damage to the urethra where ammonia is excreted from the body. Ammonia (ammonium hydroxide) is a product of the body breaking down proteins, and one cause of necrosis of tissues that can lead to cellular destruction and inflammation.
L-arginine is known to effectively improve blood flow, which means it helps bring nutrients and oxygen to muscle and joint tissues. This means with L-arginine’s help you can enjoy more of the many benefits of exercise but with less pain. It’s even used in some cases for increasing heat and circulation to damaged joints or cold hands and feet, especially in people with complications from other health conditions like poor blood flow, arthritis or diabetes.
For example, in people suffering from painful intermittent claudication (narrowing of blood vessels in the legs and feet caused by fatty deposits), L-arginine supplementation has been shown to improve walking distance and lower muscle aches and pains.
Also importantly, L-arginine is used by the body to increase production of human growth hormone, prolactin and several amino acids — including creatine, L-proline and L-glutamate. It even improves sensitivity to insulin, similarly to how exercise does, by allowing more glucose to enter cells. L-arginine’s roles in metabolic health are important for building strong muscle tissue, fighting inflammation causing bone and joint pain, repairing injuries, and for general nervous system functions.
Some studies have found that growth hormone levels can significantly increase with L-arginine supplementation in doses between five to nine grams a day. In most cases, L-arginine increases resting growth hormone levels at least 100 percent (in comparison, regular exercise can increase growth hormone levels by 300 percent to 500 percent). Even more powerful is the combination of L-arginine plus exercise. There’s also evidence that L-arginine supplementation increases plasma insulin and helps builds stronger muscles even when you’re resting due to its effects on the body’s capillaries. These hormonal changes affect your metabolism in a positive way by helping to repair, build and maintain the youthful foundation of the skeletal-muscle system.
4. Improves Immunity, Helps Prevent Infections and Speeds Up Healing
Low-circulating L-arginine has been found in some patients suffering from illnesses, trauma and cancer. It’s believed that certain immune system suppressor cells (called MSCs) might cause arginine deficiency or low levels circulating within the blood. This is problematic because the immune system’s protective lymphocytes and T-cells depend on arginine for defending the body.
L-arginine is used with omega-3 fish oils and other supplements for reducing risk for infections (especially respiratory infections or problems with the lungs); improving wound healing; and shortening recovery time following cancer, illness or surgery. It’s sometimes added to topical ointments used to treat wounds for several reasons: It helps keep blood flowing more freely, can fight pain and swelling, forms L-proline, which is important for collagensynthesis within the skin, and increases antioxidant activity.
It’s also used to improve protein function in helping to heal burns and might even help fight cavities and tooth decay! And although more research is still needed, because L-arginine has immune-enhancing effects, it’s commonly given to people undergoing chemotherapy or healing from surgeries, viruses and infections (including HIV).
5. Helps Treat Erectile Dysfunction and Infertility
A number of studies have shown that L-arginine is involved in the process of proper cell replication in addition to enhancing blood circulation, so it can help improve both sperm production and motility. Men who deal with cardiovascular problems tied to low levels of NO in the blood are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and fertility issues, since an erection requires the relaxation of smooth muscles triggered by nitric oxide. While not effective for every man, a significant percentage of male infertility cases (up to 92 percent, according to some studies) can be treated with L-arginine supplements combined with other dilators, antioxidants or anti-inflammatories.
Some research suggests that high stress levels can lower the presence of L-arginine in the sperm production pathway, so overly stressed men can especially benefit from supplementing. A combination of L-arginine, L-glutamate and yohimbine hydrochloride are commonly used to treat ED and seem to work better than L-arginine alone. In fact, many of the most commonly prescribed medications for ED work similarly to L-arginine by increasing nitric oxide production.
Even women can experience better reproductive help from L-arginine — doctors sometimes prescribe topical creams that contain this amino acid for helping heal sexual problems and naturally treat infertility in both sexes since it improves circulation to genital tissue. Additionally, there’s some research that suggests treatment with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and L-arginine together can help balance hormones naturally and restore normal sexual function in women with polycystic ovary syndrome and estrogen imbalances. Other studies suggest that L-arginine used with herbs like chasteberry, green tea extract and antioxidant supplements improve pregnancy rates in women struggling to conceive.
This video presentation will give you the truth about L-Arginine and how it can have tremendous
cardiovascular benefits for people of all ages. Lately there has been a great deal of misinformation about how the
semi-essential amino acid L-Arginine may not be appropriate for people over the age 40. This is not true.
When you understand how critical this amino acid is to multiple metabolic pathways you will
come to appreciate this amino acid as central to your overall health plan.
"I am 59. I had ED until I researched the issue. I take 3 - 1000mg tablets of L-Arginine along with a K2+D3 supplement to repair the endothlium. After 8 days I saw marked improvement and by day 10 my ED had subsided into nearly complete remission. So, yes the supplement tablets do work at a proper dosage in older people. The cost is small verses trying to get it by food.
To me this is the correct route for the issue. What my doctor offered was whoopie time at $50 a pop and a high chance something every bad will happen. I can't justify sex and death for $50, sorry Doc."
Low Tech said:
"I'm 61 and I've been taking L-Arginine and other vitamins daily since I was 24. I haven't experienced any major ED problems. About a month ago I started taking 750mg L-Citrulline daily as well. I know everyone's system is different and what works for some may not work for others but all I can tell you is I have no ED problems. As a matter of fact it's better now than it's been in the past 10 years.
I also try to eat good foods but I haven't had a problem with any ED symptoms. Some say melons help with ED problems. I found that to be true as well. I find grapefruit is very beneficial when taking this combination of amino acids too. I hope this information is helpful. I have friends that are much younger than myself who depend on Viagra. I use nothing."
A conditionally essential amino acid, arginine can be created by the human body in limited quantities. To achieve optimal Arginine levels, it may sometimes be necessary to consume supplements. L-Arginine supplement products are most often derived from plant sources. Naturally present in grains such as flour and wheat germ, L-Arginine can also be found in gluten-free sources such as sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds, as well as pine nuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, and peanuts. Arginine can also be found in Phalaris canariensis, a coarse grass found in the Mediterranean.
Arginine is present in foods that are high in protein. Eating these foods can raise levels of the amino acid in your body. However, dietary supplements are often formulated to enable easier absorption of L-Arginine, and may deliver higher therapeutic amounts than can be achieved through diet alone.
L-Arginine Directions for Use
Never take L-Arginine or start any nutritional supplement regimen without first consulting your health care professional. The common therapeutic level for L-Arginine is between 500-1000 mg, not to exceed 6,000 mg on a daily basis.**
L-arginine Dosage and Side Effects
While it’s always best to get nutrients from natural food sources whenever possible, L-arginine is also sold as an over-the-counter and prescription medication. Doctors sometimes prescribe high doses of L-arginine along with other supplements for various conditions, including heart disease, migraines and infections — or even treating side effects of diabetes, HIV or cancer.
The dosage of L-arginine depends a lot on the condition it’s being used to treat; for example, with help treating heart conditions or erectile dysfunction, three to six grams daily (divided into two doses) might be taken, while for enhancing exercise performance, doses up to nine grams a day are not uncommon. For generally healthy adults who are looking to prevent inflammation and benefit from better circulation, about one gram daily (1,000 milligrams) is usually the recommended dose. Higher doses obviously come with more risk for side effects, plus some research shows that more is not always better when it comes to L-arginine’s functions within blood vessel walls.
Interactions and Side Effects:
Although L-arginine is generally safe considering it’s a natural amino acid, there are some potential side effects to keep in mind. If you have a history of heart disease, low blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems or an active virus (like herpes or shingles), it’s not recommended to supplement with L-arginine until you speak with a doctor first.
Consuming it from natural food sources isn’t harmful, but high doses might complicate your condition, especially if you take other medications or a series of supplements. Talk to your doctor about what dose might be most beneficial for you and whether or not you should worry about adverse reactions based on your current situation.
If you’re generally healthy and taking a dose around one gram daily, it’s still possible to experience short-term side effects like abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gout, worsened allergies or asthma, and low blood pressure. It’s possible that L-arginine can cause allergic reactions or increased swelling in the lungs and airways, so people with existing allergies or asthma should use L-arginine with caution. Finally, L-arginine appears to be safe for pregnant women and even children, although there’s not much research on the effects within these populations so it’s best to stick to a low dose or act your doctor.
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