Mention this to a great many people and the chances are they may not even have heard of the name, let alone understand how it works. But this is a trending topic and it’s of great benefit to our health and wellbeing.
We are discovering so much more about what’s in our body’s thesedays even down to the acids we carry around with us. So let us indulge you further to discover what’s so good about L-Arginine and why it’s grabbing the headlines!
So What is It?
Well L-arginine is actually an amino acid which you can buy in supplement form but can also get from a healthy diet. Arginine was first isolated in 1886, and is one of the 20 most common natural amino acids. In fact some plants carry this and it can also be found in dairy products, meat, fish and poultry.
It helps in the production of protein, takes care of ammonia and stimulates the release of insulin in the body. It can be used to make nitric oxide which can help relax the muscles and helps improve a range of conditions from colds to male infertility, dementia to migraines, congestive heart failure to preeclampsia.
There are quite a few more! Some individuals use the acid to help give a boost to their immune systems and it can also be used to improve athletic performance. But there’s more as L-arginine can help shorten recovery time after an operation and it can also assist in bodybuilding! A range of studies has revealed it helps some conditions more than others so let’s take a look at the most important ones and why they help bring relief?
Benefits of L-Arginine
This is something experience by men of all ages and Just like sildenafil this acid can improve the actions of nitric oxide and so relax muscles around the blood vessels surrounding the penis. The vessels then dilate increasing the flow of blood which will help maintain an erection and keep it much longer.
The BJU International Journal published a study in 1999 involving 50 men. They each took either five grams of L-arginine or a placebo every day for six weeks. More men in the acid group showed a dramatic improvement than for those who took the placebo!
*For erectile dysfunction individuals must take l-arginine every day and not when needed like Viagra!
Congestive Heart Failure
The wonderful news is this magical acid actually improved cardiac performance in those individuals unlucky enough to have suffered congestive heart failure at some point. But this has since been tempered with caution as a study carried out in 2000 and published in Clinical Cardiology revealed this should not generally be used in place of standard treatments. The best thing to do is consult your doctor who can help you with this!
It’s been proven when your intake of those foods high in L-arginine is high, then this can ease the painful symptoms of angina. The acid can help improve blood vessel function and even increase tolerance to sensible exercise.
More on Research
This of course is ongoing but recent studies have shown L-arginine to be helpful in controlling inflammation of the bladder. It’s been discovered leg cramps can be completely relieved and kidney function in transplant patients on cyclosporine has been greatly improved with the help of this acid. Mixing L-arginine with both eicosapentaenoic acid and ribonucleic acid can safeguard against infection and help wound healing following surgery, also bringing down recovery time.
Some experts don’t agree on some of the reputed benefits so always take professional advice when thinking of using this acid!
The body has an adequate supply of L-arginine on its own!
Severe burns, injuries and infections can deplete the body’s supply of L- arginine. It is then necessary to ensure proper intake to meet the increased demands.
It’s only right to report that in using L-arginine over the longer term a number of side effects could result depending on the individual. But of course this is the case with most other supplements as well! These have been reported as indigestion, allergies, nausea, headache and quite a few more.
This is another reason why you must consult a medical professional before using the acid in supplement form. Larger doses of L-arginine could possibly increase acid in your stomach and could give you bad heartburn.
L-arginine is best avoided by pregnant and nursing women – Those who have been treated for a heart attack and diabetes patients!
This amino acid is by its very make up, fascinating so why not discover more by watching the videos and doing some extra research?
- CLINICAL CARDIOLOGY 2000
- BJU INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL 1999