L-arginine and Its Importance in our body

L-arginine

  1. What is L-arginine?
  2. Sources of L-arginine in our body.  
  3. Benefits of L-arginine
  4. Side effects of L-arginine
  5. Natural ways to get enough L-arginine
What is L-arginine?

L-arginine is   a nonessential amino acids which   can be made by our body and  it is very essential for  body  function. L-arginine play very important role in building protein in body.  In addition to building protein, L-arginine releases nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide help in dilation of the  blood vessels in the body, which may help aid certain circulatory conditions.

Sources of L-arginine in our body.  

A person’s naturally produces L-arginine under normal condition. People also get additional L-arginine as part of their regular diet.

Red meats, fish, dairy, and eggs all contain low amounts of L-arginine that help the body to maintain its normal level in body.

In many condition like in older people or in certain medical condition , a person’s need for L-arginine may exceed the body’s ability to produce or consume it naturally. In these cases, people may be prescribed artificial L-arginine in the form of injections, oral medication or creams. Some people take L-arginine as a supplement. As with any supplement, a person should use it with caution.

Benefits of L-arginine

L-arginine has two effects: helps the body build protein and it turns into nitric oxide .

These effects give L-arginine an array of potential benefits that range from  helping to build muscles, repair wounds, and improve male fertility to heart health and chest pain .

 uses of L-arginine
  • growth hormone reserve test
  • reducing high blood pressure and treatment of many  heart disease
  • correcting inborn errors of urea synthesis
  • treating erectile dysfunction (ED) and alleviate anxiety
  • easing inflammation of the digestive tract in premature infants
  • controlling blood sugar in people with diabetes
  • improve blood flow in body
  • heal wounds faster and treatment of  burns
  • improve kidney function for people with congestive heart failure
  • enhance exercise performance
Side effects of L-arginine

L-arginine is considered safe in moderate doses but high dose of  L-arginine can have severe side effects, including death. It is important to understand how the supplement may interact with the body and with additional medications before taking it. Some of the more common and benign side effects include:

  • gout
  • bloating
  • abdominal pain
  • airway inflammation
  • diarrhoea
  • low blood pressure
  • blood abnormalities
  • allergies
  • worsening of asthma
Risks and complications

L-arginine has some potentially serious risks for certain groups of people.

These include:

  • difficulty controlling blood pressure during surgery
  • increased risk of death after a heart attack
  • serious illness or death in children and infants
  • worsening of herpes flares
  • Drug  interaction with certain medications, like Viagra and blood pressure medications

Although there are risks associated with L-arginine, most research indicates it is safe for people to take in small doses.

Natural ways to get enough L-arginine

If L-arginine obtain through diet is that it is difficult to get too much. Therefore,  the side effects of consuming too much L-arginine can be avoided. Taking L-arginine through   food consumption alone may not provide enough L-arginine to meet a person’s needs. A person can maintain L-arginine level by changing their diet Plan.

The best natural source for L-arginine is food high in protein. For some people, animal proteins, such as red meat (beef), chicken and turkey breast, pork loin, and dairy products, may be the primary source of L-arginine.

For people who do not eat meat, plant-based proteins that contain L-arginine include lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and soybeans. Plant based proteins such as chickpeas are a good source of L-arginine

People who find they have a deficient amount of L-arginine to meet their needs may want to modify their diet to include foods rich in protein.

Author: Dr.Ajay Kumar Singh

Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh was born on 2 Dec,1981 in Allahabad. He is an alumnus of GSVM Medical College Kanpur and MLN Medical College Allahabad. He worked for 8 years in the Uttar Pradesh Provincial services as Medical Officer. He offered his services at various place like Community Health Centre, Police Hospital, and Jail Hospital. He is a social thinker and writer. He is always ready to deliver his services to the needy person and patient. He works with the motto of making the healthy and happy society.

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