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Best L-Arginine

What is L-Arginine?

L-Arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid with many critical biological functions. It helps to maintain the health of the immune system and is vital for the function of other amino acids. These other amino acids include proline and polyamine synthesis, which are important for wound healing, cell growth and repair, and collagen production. The presence of L-Arginine is also required for the production of Nitric Oxide which in turn is essential for blood pressure regulation, cell relaxation and immune regulation. Supplementing with L-Arginine has benefits for both men and women.

What are the benefits of L-Arginine?

Studies have found that L-Arginine supplementation can:

  • Reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with hypertension, in turn reducing the risk of stroke;
  • Reduce diastolic blood pressure in pregnant women with gestational hypertension;
  • Improve vascular function;
  • Reduce infection rate in surgical patients;
  • Accelerate wound healing;
  • Improve tissue repair;
  • Help rid the body of ammonia.

Additionally, studies have suggested that the enhancement of nitric oxide through L-Arginine supplementation increase blood flow which in turn can benefit men with erectile dysfunction.

Which foods are good sources of L-Arginine?

Arginine foods which are rich in this amino acid include proteins such as:

  • Poultry (turkey and chicken);
  • Pork loin;
  • Nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds;
  • Dairy products like milk and cheese;
  • Peanuts.

While L-Arginine can be naturally synthesized and sourced through our diet, research has shown that the average Western dietary intake provides around 25% of Arginine in the body. It can also be easily obtained by taking supplements, which are widely available in capsule, tablet and powder forms.

Natural Health Plus offers a variety of supplements including a powder containing L-Arginine. Browse the selection here.