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.

Dietary sources

Animal sources

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)

Vegetarian sources

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.

Health benefits

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.

Erectile dysfunction

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.


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