Functions of L-Arginine
- L-arginine metabolizes nitric oxide, a gas that helps control proper cell functions, eases blood flow and helps the body convey essential signals. It also assists in the production and processing of protein.
- L-arginine can aid the releases of growth hormones, enhance sexual functions and response, help control hypertension and high blood pressure, and improve the performance of the nervous and immune systems.
- There are many foods rich in L-arginine. Chicken, nuts, oatmeal, raisins, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and brown rice are all optimal sources of arginine.
- Though the body typically produces sufficient amounts of L-arginine, it is possible to augment the natural supply by taking supplements. Arginine supplements are widely available.
- Two to three grams, taken three times daily, is an adequate dosage. Children should not take it as a supplement as it may hinder normal growth.