How Can You Benefit from L-Arginine?
Almost everyone can benefit from a little extra L-Arginine in their diet, via the form of a supplement or by increasing the foods that are known to be rich in this amino acid (see below for food sources). L- Arginine’s benefits are often overshadowed because this supplement is commonly found in combination/solution-based products for a wide range of benefits from heart health, to male impotence
and even in sports formulas. However, as a stand-alone supplement, you may want to consider L-Arginine or at least ensure it’s an ingredient in your solution product and here is why. L-Arginine helps to increase the production of nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide is produced by the cells and functions to reduce blood pressure and to help increase blood flow. Nitric oxide helps to relax blood vessels, putting less pressure on the heart, helps maintain healthy blood flow and reduce blood clots. A person that has lower levels of nitric oxide most often has lower levels of L-Arginine and is more likely to suffer from high blood pressure. Some interesting studies also show that individuals with Type 2 Diabetes had lower levels of L-Arginine than healthy individuals and therefore would be a beneficial supplement for this disease. Because L-Arginine helps increase blood flow it shows great promise of increasing blood flow to the brain and thus improving memory function and reducing age-related memory disorders. L-Arginine is making its way into the anti-ageing category because it promotes the synthesis of growth hormones as you sleep. Growth hormones help to repair and regrow healthy cells. This is another reason that this supplement is found in sports supplements, as a tool for muscle repair.
L-Arginine Helps Improve Performance
L-Arginine is a popular ingredient in sports supplements, men’s infertility products and products to support male impotence. Found in sports supplement combination or taken as a stand-alone supplement, L-Arginine helps improve strength output and reduces fatigue. It is often found in solution-based products for men that have erectile dysfunction because most often the cause of the syndrome is due to impaired blood flow and L-Arginine works to increase nitric oxide from within the blood vessel wall. It seems to work even better when combined with Pycnogenol. The recommended dosage for L-Arginine for the benefits of blood
flow is 2-5 grams a day, (2000 mg-5000 mg). Natural Factors produces a Free Form Amino acid 1000 mg per tablet. If you are considering Pycnogenol, it also makes Natural Factors Pycnogenol. L-Arginine is produced in the body but not at very high levels.

The best food sources for L-Arginine are foods that are high in protein (or protein supplements) such as red meat (beef), chicken, turkey breast, and dairy products. For people who do not eat meat, consider plant-based proteins such as lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and soybeans. There are minimal adverse effects of taking L-Arginine at a daily concentration under 20 grams a day, but this high dosage is not required and not recommended. Taken on an empty stomach could cause a laxative effect. L-arginine may interact with certain medications, such as blood pressure medication, diabetes medication, or drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. If you have diabetes or heart disease, avoid taking L-arginine.
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