L-Arginine is an amino acid that the body cannot make naturally. Therefore it is important to consume foods that are rich in arginine. Arginine is found in high concentrations in nuts and seeds like peanuts and almonds. It can also be found in chocolate and raisins. Arginine is necessary for the execution of many physiological processes. These physiological processes include hormone secretion, an increase in growth hormone output, the removal of toxic waste products from the body, and immune system defenses.
Because Arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide, which is responsible for vasodiolation, it is often used for supporting healthy sexual function. Recently, dietary supplements containing Arginine have become popular due to Arginine’s nitric oxide producing ability, its ability to scavenge free radicals, as well as its ability to signal muscle cells, release growth hormone, support healthy cholesterol, and enhance fat metabolism. Arginine also helps regulate salt levels in the body.
Talk to your doctor the next time you’re in our office to see if this vitamin is right for you.