ARGININE (Amino acid)
Arginine is used to make nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes the blood vessels and can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. Arginine can also combine with another amino acid, glycine, to produce creatine which is involved in muscle contraction.
Healthy adults are able to synthesise arginine from other amino acids so do not require it in the diet. However children often require extra arginine in their diets to support rapid growth.
Arginine and lysine can increase collagen production and boost the activity of bone-building cells helping to prevent osteoporosis.
Arginine also assists in removing excess ammonia from the body, stimulates the immune system and promotes the secretion of insulin and growth hormones. It also increases muscle volume and triggers fat burning. Decreased fatigue and deeper sleep have also been noticed with arginine consumption and it may be able to reverse atherosclerosis.
Arginine is very effective in the treatment of colds, dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, erectile dysfunction and impotence. It works in tandem with nitric oxide, enhancing the capacity to dilate blood vessels and increase the flow of blood.