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L-Arginine

L-Arginine

L-Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that serves various physiological functions in the human body, including being a precursor to nitric oxide (NO) and playing a critical role in urea cycle and protein synthesis. It is often used as a dietary supplement to promote heart health, enhance athletic performance, and support immune function.

Indications

L-Arginine supplementation is indicated for: Supporting cardiovascular health by promoting vasodilation and blood flow. Assisting in the management of conditions such as angina and erectile dysfunction. Supporting immune function and promoting wound healing. Potential use in reducing blood pressure and managing conditions like pre-eclampsia. Athletes may use it to potentially improve exercise performance and recovery.


Dosage

For general health and wellness: 2-3 grams per day. For cardiovascular health: 3-6 grams per day. For erectile dysfunction: 5 grams per day. For exercise performance: 6-9 grams per day before exercise.


Contra-Indications

Those with a history of herpes infections, as it may exacerbate symptoms. Individuals with kidney or liver disease, as it may impact these organs. Patients with low blood pressure (hypotension) or those taking medications that lower blood pressure.


Special Precautions

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult a healthcare professional before using L-Arginine supplements. Individuals with a history of heart disease, kidney disease, or liver disease should use L-Arginine under medical supervision. High doses may increase the risk of bleeding, particularly in individuals taking blood thinners.


Side Effects

Common side effects of L-Arginine may include: Gastrointestinal disturbances such as nausea, diarrhea, or bloating. Allergic reactions in some individuals, including skin rash or itching. In high doses, potential risk of hypotension.


Drug Interactions

Blood pressure-lowering drugs: L-Arginine may increase their effectiveness and lead to low blood pressure. Blood thinners: May increase the risk of bleeding. Certain medications used to treat erectile dysfunction, such as sildenafil, may interact with L-Arginine.


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