Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, Author, Best Nutrition Inc USA
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Arginine is one such conditionally essential amino acid. A conditionally essential amino acid is one that may be required depending on the health status or life cycle of the individual. Preterm infants are unable to synthesize or create arginine internally, making the amino acid nutritionally essential for them.
Importance in human physiology
Arginine plays an important role in cell division, quickens repair time of damaged tissue.
Precursor for the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO)thereby helps decrease blood pressure in clinical hypertensive subjects.
Dairy products (e.g., cottage cheese, ricotta, milk, yogurt, whey protein drinks), beef, pork (e.g., bacon, ham), gelatin, poultry (e.g. chicken and turkey light meat), seafood (e.g., halibut, lobster, salmon, shrimp, snails, tuna)
Wheat germ and flour, Lupins, buckwheat, granola, oatmeal, nuts (coconut, pecans, cashews, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts), seeds (hemp, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower), chickpeas, cooked soybeans, Phalaris canariensis (canaryseed or alpiste), oats, corn, cereals, buckwheat , brown rice.
Treatment of herpes simplex virus
An unproven yet a futuristic information is that a low ratio of arginine to lysine may be of benefit in the treatment of herpes simplex virus.
High blood pressure
A proven fact is that L-arginine reduces blood pressure as a vasodilator, Supplementation with L-arginine reduces diastolic blood pressure.
Growth hormone stimulation
Oral arginine supplementation as well as Intravenously-administered arginine stimulates the secretion of growth hormone.
Because it relaxes blood vessels and a precursor of nitric oxide (NO) It might also help with erectile dysfunction. NO an essential compound that helps blood circulation, but it is important to normal sexual function in both men and women.