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Arginine

Arginine is a non-essential amino acid that relaxes blood vessels, keeps arteries flexible, and seems to act as a natural anticoagulant by reducing the “stickiness” of platelets. Arginine may help to regulate cholesterol levels. Together, these benefits suggest that arginine may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Arginine is also vital for the production of protein. Arginine can also help to boost the immune system, and aid wound and burn healing.

Nutritional product formulations targeting heart health increasingly use therapeutic levels of arginine. Many heart doctors are also starting to recommend arginine supplementation to their patients due to significant supportive research study findings globally. As with any nutritional product, quality and price varies greatly in the marketplace and, as study after study shows, bioavailability and absorption of nutrients are impacted by many co-factors and general digestive system health, suggesting daily use of wide array superfoods and periodic cleanse and detox protocols will help facilitate improved anti-aging benefits of most protocols.

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L-arginine is a chemical building block called “an 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. It can also be made in a laboratory and used as medicine.

L-arginine is used for heart and blood vessel conditions including congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. L-arginine is also used for recurrent pain in the legs due to blocked arteries (intermittent claudication), decreased mental capacity in the elderly (seniledementia), erectile dysfunction (ED), and male infertility.

Some people use L-arginine for preventing the common cold, improving kidneyfunction after a kidney transplant, high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia), improving athletic performance, boosting the immune system, and preventing inflammation of the digestive tract in premature infants.

L-arginine is used in combination with a number of over-the-counter and prescriptionmedications for various conditions. For example, L-arginine is used along withibuprofen for migraineheadaches; with conventional chemotherapy drugs for treating breast cancer; with other amino acids for treating weight loss in people with AIDS; and with fish oil and other supplements for reducing infections, improving wound healing, and shortening recovery time after surgery.

Some people apply L-arginine to the skin to speed wound healing and for increasing blood flow to cold hands and feet, especially in people with diabetes. It is also used as a cream for sexual problems in both men and women.

How does it work?

L-arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. L-arginine also stimulates the release of growth hormone, insulin, and other substances in the body.

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