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L-Arginine Supports Sex Drive, Hypertension, Growth Hormone, Exercise and Wounds
Reprinted by permission from Bill Faloon of The Life Extension Foundation

L-Arginine and Sex Drive
L-arginine is an essential amino acid that has multiple health benefits when taken in doses larger than those normally obtained from the diet. The average daily dietary intake of arginine is 5.4 grams, which only meets the body's minimal requirements for tissue repair, protein synthesis, and immune cell maintenance.

L-Arginine is required in the body to synthesize nitric oxide.  The prestigious journal Science called nitric oxide the "molecule of the year" in 1993 because of the many health benefits associated with proper nitric oxide metabolism.

In 1998, the Nobel Prize was awarded for the discovery showing that blood flow is regulated by nitric oxide (NO2).  Blood flow into the penis is what creates an erection.  Blood flow into women's genitals increases sensation and orgasmic intensity.

Nitric oxide helps to produce endothelial relaxation factor, which is needed by the arterial system for expansion and contraction with each heart beat.

The much publicized drug Viagra performs the same function.  The inability of arteries to expand and contract in the penis and is a major cause of impotence.  One way to determine if impotence is psychological or physical is to paste an overlapping row of stamps (or something similar) around the penis before bedtime.  If the seal is broken in the morning anywhere around the circumference of the penis then chances are good that impotence is psychological.  If not, then it is most likely physical which in this case you may try l-arginine.  You may have to try this more than one sleep cycle to make sure.

L-Arginine and Hypertension (blood pressure support)
Nitric oxide enables the arterial system to retain its youthful elasticity, which may help with hypertension in some people.  If you are thinking about using arginine for blood pressure assistance, it is suggested that you consult with your physician.  After taking arginine for 2-3 weeks, check your blood pressure regularly to make sure the arginine is keeping your blood pressure in a safe range.  Some people only need five (5) grams of l-arginine a day for blood pressure support. 
However, arginine does not aid the blood pressure issue for all, so, monitor it regularly.

A suggested dosing schedule for taking supplemental l-arginine is:

  • Week one:  3-4 grams/day - empty stomach
  • Week two:  6-8 grams/day - empty stomach
  • Week three:  8-12 grams/day - empty stomach

Since amino acids, such as arginine, compete with other amino acids for entry into the blood brain barrier, they are more effective when taken on an empty stomach.

Human Growth Hormone (hGH) Release
L-arginine has been shown in studies to support natural (hGH) human growth hormone release from the pituitary gland.  The amount of growth hormone secreted in response to oral arginine supplementation varies widely among individuals.  Growth hormone promotes healthy anabolic metabolism (muscle enhancement) throughout the body.  Growth hormone helps to maintain youthful protein synthesis within cells.  As we age, studies show a decline in protein synthesis in our bodies.

If you are going to use l-arginine to support growth hormone release, 5-15 grams taken at bedtime on an empty stomach or before exercise is the recommended protocol.  If you are taking arginine for reasons other than promoting growth hormone release, you can take it any time of the day, preferably on an empty stomach.

You can measure arginine's growth hormone enhancing effects by measuring your blood levels of somatomedin C (a growth hormone metabolite).  The objective is to boost your blood test results of somatomedin C to more youthful levels.

Exercise Aid
People who exercise, use l-arginine to support muscle mass and thus possibly reducing body fat.  The anabolic effects of arginine can enhance the effectiveness of exercise programs.  Always start with a lower dose of arginine and work your way up to higher doses to avoid side effects such as nausea and diarrhea.

Arginine and Wound Healing
Surgical or traumatic injury greatly increases the body's need for l-arginine.  The body uses arginine as a key building block to repair damaged tissue and bone.  Published studies document wound healing support in response to l-arginine supplementation.

Cautions:

  • Diabetics and borderline diabetics must use growth hormone or growth releasers with care.  L-arginine might improve or worsen a diabetic condition.
  • Persons who have not completed their bone growth (children and teenagers) should not use growth hormone or growth hormone releasers except under a physician's supervision (this also applies to pregnant or lactating women).
  • Arginine and/or ornithine (close relative) sometimes re-activates latent herpes virus infections, thus, people with genital and/or lip herpes (cold sores) may want to use arginine more conservatively.  Baking soda water (alkaline blood suppresses virus and bacteria), BHT, andrographis, colliodal silver, and l-lysine have been shown in studies to be significant support nutrients for herpes.
  • Certain psychotics may experience worsened symptoms if they take arginine or ornithine supplements.

Warnings Information:

  • Keep out of reach of children,
  • Do not exceed recommended dosage,
  • If you have a bad reaction, discontinue use immediately,
  • When using, please inform your physician.

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