L-Arginine + blood/liver tests
I wanted to bring something up as it may or may not be important to you.
As we all know, L-Arginine is an Amino Acid and I guess is naturally produced by the body.
Well, I am 23 yrs old and last month, I got my first blood test EVER. It was an overall physical, but it was also for a blood test.
Well, I don’t drink nor do I smoke. I drink alot of water, but at the time, I was including cokes, mountain do’s etc… into my diet. I was also on a multi-vitamin from GNC and I was taking a GNC L-Arginine + L-Orthanine mix. I believe it was probably 2500 mg a day of the stuff. It recommends 1500 and 1000 mg respectively, or 4 pills a day.
Well, the test results came back and I was good in alot of categories like sugar levels, cholesterol, etc…
Out of the entire blood test, there was only 1 red flag that came up. My liver tests. There were 4 tests completed. 2 came back normal, 2 came back abnormal. Now, they weren’t abnormal like “critical” abnormal, but enough to make him want to do a few more tests.
So he gave me another blood test but to look for things like hepatitis and such. That came back clean. I went the last month without taking a single pill other then advil occasionally. We wanted to see if the amino acids (L-Arginine) were having an effect on the numbers.
My test results came back great this last time. He told me last time my numbers for those 2 abnormal tests were a little higher then they should have been, but only yesterday did I find out they my numbers that were irregular were 3 x higher then what is the “good range”.
We think this may have been the amino acids because they make the liver work extra hard. We can 100% verify it, because I am sure it could have possibly been something in the multi-vitamin, but he felt it was in my best interest to get off the amino acids.
Kinda freaked me out even though the numbers weren’t critical high, but at age 23, and with my mom being dead at the age of 44, I have to watch my health asap.
Here are the two tests and the numbers I had.
there is one test called ALT. A number between 10 and 45 is pretty good.
Test 1 (with pills in my system) - 105
Test 2 (no pills in system) - 36
The second test was called AST. Again, a number between 10 and 45 is pretty good.
Test 1 (with pills in my system) - 84
Test 2 (no pills in system) - 27
I know the liver is one of those things you don’t fuck with. Good thing I don’t drink, that would have made my numbers worse.
Anyways, not trying to scare anyone, but think to yourself about the last time you got a blood test. Think about going to check if you are on supplements, you just never know what your doing to your organs. Supplements are good, but for those of you taking 6 g a day of Arginine, you might want to think twice.
My dad always says, “How many times do you get your teeth looked at in a year” Answer: usually 2 times. “Then why don’t you treat your body the same way”?
There you go…
Hope that has been of some use or help.