Oh you silly amino acids..Yep we are giving you a lesson on one of those silly little building blocks.
What is L-arginine? It is a blood vessel Opener aka vasodilator.
What is so good about open your blood vessels? Well I bet your blood will move a little freer, don't you. So that being said, could help with certain conditions such as chest pain,
atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), heart disease or failure, erectile
dysfunction, intermittent claudication/peripheral vascular disease, and
vascular headaches (headache-inducing blood vessel swelling).
Other evidence has shown that L-arginine
also triggers the body to make protein and has been studied for healing
wounds, bodybuilding, enhancing sperm production, and preventing tissue
wasting in people with critical illnesses. However, caution is
warranted. Arginine use was associated with death in certain groups of
heart patients. Caution is also needed when using arginine to treat
pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy).
Improving recovery after
surgery. Taking L-arginine before surgery or afterwards seems to help
reduce the recovery time, reduce the number of infections, and improve
wound healing after surgery. Of course, tell your doctor before you go into surgery you are taking this supplement. They may want you to just take it after surgery, rather than before.
How can I get it?
Well you can purchase it in a supplement form which of course we carry. Ore you can eat it!
Red meat, seafood and soy have the most L-arginine but for the raw vegans of the world:
The best nut sources of arginine are peanuts (3.1 g per 100 g), almonds
(2.5 g per 100 g), walnuts (2.3 g per 100 g), hazelnuts (2.2 g per 100
g) and cashews (2.1 g per 100 g). Other nuts that are rich in arginine
include Brazil nuts, pistachios and pecans.
Frozen spinach has an arginine content of 3.3 g per 100 g, while
lentils have about 2.1 g of arginine per 100 g of the raw vegetable.