L-arginine is an amino acid commonly sold in supplement form and obtained naturally in the diet. L-arginine-rich foods include plant and animal proteins, such as dairy products, meat, poultry, fish and nuts.
In the body L-arginine is converted in nitric oxide (a compound that relaxes the blood vessels). L-arginine is also necessary for the production of protein and helps rid the body of ammonia (a waste product). This amino acid also stimulates the release of insulin.Dietary supplementation with L-arginine has shown to be beneficial in many studies. The most prominent clinical trial took place in The High Desert Heart Institute, one of the most prestigious heart institutes in the United States. Each patient received extensive diagnostic testing which generated approximately 7,000 points of data.
Benefits of L-Arginine
Congestive Heart Failure
Other Common Uses for L-Arginine
- high blood pressure
- intermittent claudication
- interstitial cystitis
- male infertility
- sexual dysfunction (in both men and women)
L-arginine is used to boost the immune system, improve athletic performance, and shorten recovery time after surgery. Studies show that L-arginine can be effective for managing inflammation of the bladder, relieving leg cramping and weakness caused by blocked arteries (a condition known as intermittent claudication), and improving kidney function in kidney transplant patients.It reduce recovery time and promote wound healing after surgery.