Arginine improves skin and hair condition, promotes weight loss, increases stamina. Learn how and in what dosages it is properly taken.
Author: Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness and Dietetics
Today, the intake of food supplements has become commonplace.
Growing awareness with simultaneous increase in working hours does not leave the current generation with any other choice than to take herbal preparations and nutritional supplements to maintain health at the optimal level. Tablets are for everything – for the heart and blood vessels, for the development of the brain, for anything. But what if I say that there are magic tablets for losing weight?
Are you interested? Read on, and you will learn more about the magic tablets called L-arginine!
Arginine, also known as L-arginine, is a non-essential amino acid. This means that a significant amount of arginine is synthesized in the human body, and it is not necessary to receive it exclusively from food.
Then why do you need food supplements with L-arginine?
Although arginine refers to non-essential amino acids, in certain situations the body can not produce it in the required amount, for example, during illness. In addition, the synthesis of arginine strongly depends on age, sex, lifestyle, bad habits (smoking, drinking alcohol), the presence of foci of chronic inflammation, the general condition of the body and the cardiovascular system, diet and genetic characteristics. Small children and babies are not able to produce this amino acid. With age, its synthesis also slows down. That's why taking arginine in the form of nutritional supplements is often recommended for older people.
Arginine is very important for maintaining liver health and strengthening the immune system. It enhances the synthesis of collagen in the body, which accelerates the healing process of wounds. Arginine is essential for metabolism in muscles, and it accelerates weight loss by reducing the percentage of fat tissue. It is also used in the treatment of infertility in men.
With many problems with skin, hair and health in general, L-arginine has proven to be super effective. Let's talk about all this in more detail.
The use of arginine for skin
L-arginine is similar to the elixir of youth for our skin. Here are its main useful properties:
1. Deceleration of aging processes
As you know, the largest organ of our body, the skin, becomes less elastic and elastic with age. The intake of this amino acid with food or in the form of nutritional supplements helps maintain the beauty and vitality of the skin.
Arginine increases the secretion of growth hormone. It stimulates the body to throw in the bloodstream a rejuvenating growth hormone, which helps slow the aging process.
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Arginine reduces the time of wound healing.
Protein is critically important for wound healing processes. Arginine helps synthesize protein molecules and thereby accelerates the healing process. Arginine is involved in the formation of L-proline, without which the synthesis of collagen is impossible, thereby accelerating the restoration of the integrity of the skin. In addition, it reduces pain and swelling, which is due to improved central and peripheral circulation.
3. Renewal and rejuvenation of the skin
Some products for skin care besides arginine contain antibacterial components. These components, along with antioxidants, eliminate any damage to the skin caused by external factors or involutional processes, and thereby help restore the skin's inherent youthful appearance.
Arginine has a complex beneficial effect on hair. Here are some examples.
This amino acid, synthesized by our body, dilates the blood vessels and improves the flow of blood to the skin of the scalp and the base of the hair follicles.
Products for hair care with arginine in the composition level the effect of factors that impair the development and function of hair follicles or weaken the hair shaft, and thereby contribute to the growth and strengthening of hair.
Good news for those who like to often dye their hair! Arginine helps protect hair from aggressive chemical compounds and the effects of high temperatures. This is one of the reasons why arginine is part of almost all hair colors.
Arginine affects the overall health as follows:
In the body, arginine is converted to nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide acts as a neurotransmitter, which relaxes and dilates the blood vessels, improving blood circulation. It turns out that this replaceable amino acid increases the blood flow to the heart, which in turn reduces pain in the chest, expands blocked arteries and improves the condition with various cardiovascular diseases.
Arginine is effective in treating anginal pain in angina pectoris, which signals that the heart does not receive enough blood. An attack of angina may occur against emotional or physical stress, for example, during training. Doctors recommend high doses of arginine, two to three grams per day, as an adjunct to the treatment of angina and coronary artery disease.
Arginine plays an important role in the regulation of blood pressure, thereby reducing the harmful effects of hypertension.
Increased blood pressure can cause seizures and cramps in the legs, fatigue, confusion, headache and a sharp increase in heart rate (tachycardia).
One of the most obvious useful properties of L-arginine is associated with increased sexual desire in men and women.
This substitute amino acid is vital for men's sexual health. The intake of additives with arginine by men suffering from oligospermia and decreased motility of spermatozoa contributes to the improvement of fertility. Expanding the blood vessels, arginine increases the flow of blood to the genitals. All these factors contribute to the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
9. Reduction of inflammation in the organs of the genitourinary system
Arginine can reduce inflammation of the bladder. This amino acid also removes cramps in the gastrocnemius muscles and improves kidney function in patients after transplantation.
Now about the most exciting field of application of arginine. When losing weight! The intake of food additives with arginine reduces the percentage of fat in the body and increases the mass of skeletal musculature. Numerous studies have shown that the use of L-arginine increases the level of insulin in the blood plasma, which leads to the buildup of muscle mass, even during rest. Changes at the hormonal level help to increase metabolism, an essential component of the process of losing weight. What could be better? Mode of reducing body weight without tiring training! Although I personally think that training is necessary.
11. Strengthening the immune system
Arginine is very effective in combating diseases accompanied by inflammatory reactions, and protects the body from the penetration of pathogenic microorganisms.
This replaceable amino acid has pronounced anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and helps to cleanse the body of free radicals. When used in combination with vitamin C and omega-3 fats, arginine is effective in the prevention of many chronic diseases.
Arginine has a positive effect on the central nervous system, since nitric oxide acts in the brain as a neurotransmitter and helps protect our body from external threats.
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Arginine helps to reduce the concentration of ammonia in the blood, which is directly related to the process of removing toxic products of metabolism. This is why this supplement is often prescribed in the treatment of various metabolic disorders. Ammonia is a byproduct of protein breakdown in the body that causes cell destruction.
13. Increase of physical working capacity
Trust the arginine to increase your stamina. Really!
Earlier we talked about the fact that this amino acid enhances the circulation of blood in the body, providing each muscle cell with essential nutrients and oxygen. This, to some extent, can increase your strength and endurance without any pain.
It has also been proven that arginine is effective in the treatment of intermittent claudication, a condition in which fat deposits cause the narrowing of the blood vessels in the lower limbs and feet. The inclusion of additives with arginine improves exercise tolerance and reduces muscle pain in patients with this disease.
14. Prevention of oncological pathology
Deficiency of arginine is characteristic for people who are struggling with malignant diseases.
Studies have shown that immune system suppressor cells are the main culprits of this deficiency. And this is important, because our immune system is highly dependent on arginine, which is involved in the formation and function of lymphocytes and T cells.
This is the main reason for prescribing drugs with arginine to patients who undergo chemotherapy.
Migraines are a serious problem. Headache with migraine never comes alone, it is always accompanied by symptoms such as nausea and increased sensitivity to light and noise.
Do not worry, taking arginine will help to cope with this condition! The combination of L-arginine with ibuprofen helps even in the most severe migraine attacks. But do not forget to consult a doctor if the condition worsens.
Good news for those who do not like taking supplements!
This substitute amino acid is found in many foods, for example, in nuts and fish. The source of a high-grade protein will definitely be a better choice than just arginine, especially since these foods are rich in other amino acids and nutrients necessary for the normal functioning of muscles and internal organs.
The best sources of this amino acid are:
Recommended doses of L-arginine
As in the case of other additives and nutrients, the dosage of L-arginine is highly dependent on the age, gender and general health of a person. The following are recommended doses for some cases:
- Cardiovascular pathology: from 3 to 6 grams, divided into two methods – in the morning and in the evening.
- Erectile disfunction: from 3 to 6 grams, divided into two methods – in the morning and in the evening.
- Increased stamina and physical performance: from 5 to 9 grams once a day.
- Inflammatory processes: 1000 mg per day.
The intake of amino acid arginine at dosages higher than those recommended may lead to unstable arterial pressure, diabetes, an imbalance in blood biochemistry, or an increased risk of bleeding in pregnant women.
Admission of L-arginine together with oral contraceptives, analgesics and some medications for the treatment of hypertension, coronary heart disease or diabetes, can lead to certain side effects, in particular, to nausea, diarrhea, dyspnea, colic in the stomach.
Arginine can not be taken by pregnant women, as well as young mothers who breastfeed. Arginine is contraindicated for children under two years old.
Some short-term side effects are observed in healthy people who take arginine in a daily dose of 1 grams. Such side effects include flatulence, abdominal pain, allergic reactions, dyspnea, lowering of blood pressure.
Consult your doctor – the best solution in any of these situations. Do not play doctor!
L-arginine helps with migraines, normalizes blood pressure, accelerates wound healing, shortens the rehabilitation period after surgery, solves problems with fertility. So what are you waiting for, talk with your family doctor and start taking arginine today! Share your experience in the comments.
Stay in great physical shape and be healthy!