L-arginine is a substance that has long been known to bodybuilders and weight lifters. It is an amino acid that may have a number of different health benefits, with researchers discovering new benefits every day. As an amino acid, L-arginine is one of the basic building blocks of the human body. However, the body synthesizes its own L-arginine from a person’s diet. If you choose to eat more dairy products, fish, nuts, foods high in protein and even chocolate, your body will synthesize the L-arginine from these foods. However, the process of synthesizing the amino acid is relatively inefficient, and often either the process is too slow or yields too little L-arginine from the food consumed.
L-arginine has a number of benefits when related to blood or heart conditions in a number of patients. It has been hypothesized, however, that families who have a history of heart disease or blood problems also have a history of lower levels of L-arginine than usual. L-arginine promotes good heart health, and prevents blood clots by aiding in thinning the blood itself, and manages cardiac muscle conditioning and functioning. It has also been suggested that L-arginine can be used to help men who suffer from erection problems and even sterility. The amino acid aids the heart by improving its blood flow – it does this by facilitating the release of nitric oxide in the body. This in turn dilates the blood vessels of your body, resulting in improved blood flow all around. The amino acid also improves the lining of the blood vessels, keeping them more resistant to damage. L-arginine is also being used to treat patients who have suffered congestive heart failure, requiring regular doses as part of their treatment and recovery period.
L-arginine is also now being considered as a treatment for a number of other heart-related problems. This amino acid can be used to treat people and help them recover faster from having a coronary bypass, as well as from angioplasty and even for those who undergo heart transplants. L-arginine is also thought to help those who are receiving chemotherapy by aiding the immune system. L-arginine helps boost the patient’s immune system in direct opposite to the chemotherapy, thus adding to the patient’s chances for survival.
Research has shown that L-arginine itself is most helpful for those who have already suffered from blood clots, as taking this will help repair the damaged vessels in addition to preventing future blood clots from happening. This is because it helps in blood platelet management. L-arginine is also known to help with the body’s immune system and nervous system. The benefit immediately recognized by body builders earlier on is that L-arginine is essential in the development of the growth hormone, which is in turn essential for rapid muscle growth and definition.
Some side effects that you should watch out for if you are thinking of supplementing your diet with doses of L-arginine are as follows: Low blood pressure, swelling in the legs, frequent headaches, chest pains or problems in breathing, diarrhea, nausea and a general feeling of being bloated. Consult your doctor on the right dosage for you.