L-Arginine

L-Arginine

L-arginine

L-arginine, often shortened to “Arginine”, is one of the most valuable amino acids. It used to be classified as a semi-essential amino acid.

However, since was discovered that Arginine’s nitrogen atom (N) is the primary building block for the vasodilator Nitric Oxide (NO) it has been championed as an essential amino acid by many scientists.

In a recent study described Arginine as “unique amongst amino acids and promising for the improvement of health and wellbeing”. The body demands lots of Arginine also during illness, because it is involved in building important cells of the immune system.

In 1998 the scientists Luis Ignarro, Robert Furchgott and Ferid Murad were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the numerous benefits of Nitric Oxide to the human body, which include:

  • A significant influence on the health of the body's entire vascular system. As such it greatly decreases the risk of stroke and heart attack, lowers hypertension (high blood pressure) and can be used as a natural remedy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
  • Encouragement of healthy muscle tissue growth by promoting blood and therefore oxygen delivery.
  • Strengthening of the immune system.
  • Helping to maintain fats and cholesterol at healthy levels.
  • An accompanying treatment for arteriosclerosis.
  • To facilitate and restore memory and learning.
  • Improve insulin resistance in diabetics.

The body’s requirement for L-arginine rises especially during infections. L-arginine is a crucial component for the healthy functioning of the immune system.

 

 

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