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L-arginine is a non-essential amino acid, naturally occurring in certain pulses and fruit. It serves many important functions in the body, helping to regulate the immune system and liver, and facilitating increase in muscle mass whilst reducing body fat. It also forms Nitric Oxide, an essential requirement for sexual function in both sexes. It has a strong reputation for enhancing erections in men and increasing orgasmic response in women.
Nitic Oxide dilates arteries and regulates cell function throughout the body. Increased production improves circulation to the body’s vital organs, including heart, brain and sexual organs. Nitric Oxide is also a compound naturally produced in the blood vessels which helps to maintain the blood flow and delivery of oxygen throughout the entire body.
- Precursor for the synthesis of Nitric Oxide
- Stimulation of the release of HGH and insulin.
- Improves immune function.
- Assists in neutralizing ammonia in the liver.
- Regulates the activity of the thymus gland.
- Stabilization of blood pressure.
Possible Side Effects
- Nausea reported at high does.
- HGH related side effects.
When ingested, L-Arginine is delivered into the blood stream and can pass through the blood-brain barrier, after which it serves to stimulate the pituitary gland to release HGH. L-Arginine is also a direct precursor to the potent Nitric Oxide.
The “L” in the name is representative of the chemical structure, which is that the backbone is oriented amino(left) to carboxy(right).
The category of HGH products using amino acids is called “secretagogues,” which stimulate the pituitary gland to produce HGH. Studies show that certain amino acid combinations such as L-lysine and L-arginine, L-ornithine and L-glutamine can stimulate pituitary HGH.
L-arginine is usually well tolerated in doses as high as 3000 to 6000 mg per day. A dosage of 3000 to 4000 mg daily is needed for the growth hormone effect.
L-arginine may be taken in combination with L-Ornithine or L-lysine. If taken twice a day a quantity of 500 to 1000 mg of each is acceptable. Alternately it may be taken before bed at a larger dose of 1000 to 1500 mg of each.
Drug Interactions and Warnings
Since L-Arginine is an amino acid, there are no known drug interactions. The combination of L-Ornithine has been shown to increase the release of HGH and increase Nitric Oxide.
L-Ornithine has been shown to potentate the actions of L-Arginine. L-Ornithine can also be metabolized into L-Arginine.
Do not take L-Arginine if you suffer from herpes or cancer. L-Arginine has been shown to increase the intensity of herpes outbreaks and HGH has been shown to grow cancerous tumors.
L-Arginine may have positive effects on conditions that supress the immune system such as AIDS.
If you have diabetes, please contact your doctor before trying L-Arginine.
Recommendations for Use
To improve male fertility, a dosage of 2 grams twice daily is suggested. Depending on if there is a deficiency of L-Arginine, the benefits may not be immediately seen. Benefits from this supplement may be experienced in as little as one week.
L-Arginine occurs naturally at low level in whole-wheat, rice, nuts, seeds, corn, soy, grapes, coco, and carob amongst other sources.
There are no long term side effects from supplementing L-Arginine. Therefore it can be used indefinitely.