L-Arginine is a conditionally-essential amino acid that has become popular primarily due to its nitric oxide enhancing ability. Arginine is directly used for the synthesis of nitric oxide, a gas that dilates arteries, supporting healthy circulation. Given this effect, Arginine has long been used for the management of hypertension, poor peripheral circulation, erectile dysfunction (due to poor circulation) and to enhance muscle pumps during weight training.
Arginine, also known as L-arginine, is involved in a number of different functions in the body. They include:
Helping the kidneys remove waste products from the body
Maintaining immune and hormone function
Dilates and relaxes the arteries
Benefits of L-Arginine?
In the body, the amino acid arginine changes into nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is a powerful gas that helps blood vessels relax and also improves circulation.
Some evidence shows that arginine may help improve blood flow in the arteries of the heart. That may improve symptoms of clogged arteries, chest pain or angina, and coronary artery disease. Since arginine may help arteries relax and improve blood flow, it may also help with erectile dysfunction.
L-Arginine has become popular as a pre-workout amino acid due to its nitric oxide enhancing effects, supporting blood flow to muscle mass. With this enhanced blood flow comes nutrients, such as oxygen, glucose and amino acids, which are essential for hard-working muscles. Nitric Oxide enhancers may enhance performance and help to increase the much-sought-after muscle pump.
Dosage suggestions: Take 2-3g (1 teaspoon) ½ hour before workout.