L Arginine, also known as Arginine, is an essential amino acid. It is obtained from the diet and is necessary for the body to make proteins. L-arginine is found in red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. L-arginine is used for heart and blood vessel conditions including congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, high blood pressure, and coronary arterydisease. L-arginine is also used for recurrent pain in the legs due to blocked arteries, decreased mental capacity in the elderly, erectile dysfunction (ED), and male infertility.Some people use L-arginine for preventing the common cold, improving kidney function after a kidney transplant, high blood pressure during pregnancy, improving athletic performance, boosting the immune system, and preventing inflammation of the digestive tract in premature infants.
Uses of L Arginine
The amino acid L-Arginine produces nitric oxide in the bloodstream that mayhelp a multitude of cardiovascular parameters:
Widen the blood vessels (increasing blood flow throughout the entire body)
Soften the blood vessels (reversing the hardening of the arteries)
Relax the blood vessels (help to overcome high blood pressure)
Inhibit and melt away plaque (help to prevent and revers atheroslerosis, coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, impotence, peripheral artery disease)
Increase HGH (Human Growth Hormone) levels in men
Stimulate Muscle growth
Improve Wound healing
The reason most athletes use L-Arginine is for the increased HGH levels. Arginine appears to increase HGH levels by blocking the secretions of growth hormone inhibitor Somatostatin. It also is shown to raise insulin and creatine phosphate levels, which can help with lean mass gains and fat loss. One European study shows that it boosted HGH levels to three times the normal level in one age group.
The second most valuable asset associated from L-Arginine is that is increases vasodilation. (Increased blood flow) This is helping men with erectile problems and is being used in most over the counter male stimulants. This is because L-Arginine helps relax blood vessels and helps keep arteries flexible and boost blood flow. (a higher sperm count may also be noticed)This also may have a direct effect on cardio vascular disease. L-Arginine increases NO, (Nitric Oxide) which has shown to reverse arterial plaque. Dosages vary, depending on the results the user is looking for. Most manufacturers recommend much less than documented amounts shown to be effective, so careful consideration should be used before or during use. L-Arginine should be used on an empty stomach.