L-arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid that changes into the form of nitric oxide (NO) in the body, that helps blood vessels to relax and improves blood circulation. Endothelium (the interior surface of all blood carrying vessels) forms an interface between circulating blood and the vessels wall, Produce nitric oxides which penetrates through the underlying muscles and relax the arteries, and hence more capacity to hold blood and increased amount of nutrients to the muscles.
Arginine assists the process of protein synthesis, useful for muscle tissue repair. It can also support muscle recovery (by counteracting the catabolic effect) and muscle breakdown associated with the long bout of intense exercise.
Research studies have shown that, it’s use in post workout nutrition may faster the glycogen replenishment up to 35%, by making fat as an energy source. Non replenishment of glycogen stores can have a negative effect on strength performance (performance drops below optimum intensity and maximum effort).
Arginine is available in almost all dietary proteins like meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy, grains, beans, corn, and nuts. It can also be taken as supplement to enhance nitric oxide production of the body especially in old age once the ability to produce requisite nitric oxide is decreased. It is considered that it may help in the following:
- Lowering blood pressure and blood stickiness in patients with high cholesterol
- Improving blood flow (useful for significant coronary artery disease/patients)
- Reduce symptoms associated with claudication (pain, usually in the extremities due to a lack of blood flow)
- Relieving congestive heart failure and improved stamina
- Stabilizing angina
- Faster wound healing
- Fighting inflammation
- Improves athletic performance and immune function
- Increases muscle mass, while reducing body fat
- Reduces muscle pains
- Supports male fertility, improve sperm production and stronger libido
L-Arginine is an excellent supplement to increase one’s sexual arousal, performance, and overall health. It is a natural and safe supplement as compared to drugs like Viagra and is useful for both men and women.
Research has demonstrated anti-aging benefits of L-arginine showing greater potential than any pharmaceutical or nutraceutical agent ever previously discovered.
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