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Wonderful L-Arginine

on July 10, 2012

Proper circulation is the key to everything within your body. It’s not just a function of your heart, it’s a function of every single cell in your body. Without proper circulation, everything goes haywire. Arginine supplements and supplementation can great increase your overal circulation, thus improving heart health and just plain making you feel better. Here’s how…


Arginine & Vasodilation

According to the MayoClinic, and many other resources and experts, there are massive amounts of evidence which suggest that arginine may help treat medical conditions that improve with increased vasodilation.


Vasodilation, or widening of the arteries, is the body’s response to a call for oxygen. When a part of the body, tissues within the body, muscles or organs are in distress and are not receiving enough nutrients or oxygen, those tissues release vasodilators which tells the body to increase vasodilation, widen the blood vessels, and send more blood down the tubes. When the arteries become blocked due to plaque build-up and constriction, vasodilation also becomes restricted and blood cannot flow freely to the areas of the body that are in distress.


According to the MayoClinic, this improved blood flow can help decrease the risk for, and treat,  chest pain, atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), heart disease or failure, erectile dysfunction, intermittent claudication/peripheral vascular disease, and vascular headaches (headache-inducing blood vessel swelling).


Arginine in Foods

Arginine can be found naturally in almonds, barley, brazil nuts, brown rice, buckwheat, cashews, cereals, chicken, chocolate, coconut, corn, dairy, certain lean meats, oats, peanuts, and many other grains.


Arginine and Nitric Oxide

When we talk about Arginine, we also are talking about Nitric Oxide. This is because Arginine is the precursor to Nitric Oxide, meaning that one within the body a synthesis takes place turning Arginine into Nitric Oxide. So when we discuss how important Arginine is for healthy circulation, we’re refering to Arginine’s ability to increase production of Nitric Oxide and thus increase the body’s natural ability to imrove blood flow. 


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