History of L-Arginine
Since the late 1800’s L-Arginine has been on the radar of scientists. The 1998 Nobel Prize discovery of the role of nitric oxide gas (NO) added more recognition to the role of L-Arginine. L-Arginine is a major source for nitric oxide synthesis, relaxing the blood vessels and improving blood circulation, both of which are central to heart health. How exactly does the cardiovascular system work? One critical component that helps to keep the system functioning optimally is nitric oxide (NO). The primary role of nitric oxide in cardiovascular health was identified and explained in research that won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1998. Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator, meaning it helps relax and expand blood vessels and arteries; which in turn help regulate blood pressure and enhance blood flow.
How L-Arginine Works
Nitric oxide is a gas and cannot be consumed directly. Its production needs to be stimulated through ingesting amino acids such as L-Arginine and L-Citrulline. These amino acids greatly encourage production of NO and help sponsor cardio health, immune function, improve sexual response, increase HGH activity and even reverse certain conditions.
L-Arginine has received lots of attention for its promise of heart healthy benefits. Currently, about 64 million Americans have various forms of cardiovascular disease. Arginine has been shown to help to improve exercise performance because it is one of the components the liver uses to make creatine (a nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in humans, helping to supply energy to all bodily cells, primarily muscle).
Exercising for cardiovascular health requires energy and includes any type of exercise that increases the exertion of the heart and lungs. By performing cardio exercises and gaining cardiovascular endurance you will reap many health benefits including:
- Reduced risk of coronary heart disease
- Diminished risk of type 2 diabetes
- Improved blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Improved heart function
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Improved muscle mass
- Increased basal metabolic rate
- Better weight loss
- Boosted fat burn
- Reduced risk of developing colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and multiple myeloma cancers
- Restore skin health
- Assist in wound healing
To gain all the benefits of a cardio workout, you must sustain a minimum of 20 minutes 3 to 4 times per week. Conversely, a sedentary lifestyle is one of 5 major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association, including high blood pressure, and obesity. By reducing these risk factors you decrease the chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Regular exercise moderates the risk factors for cardiovascular disease by promoting weight reduction and lowering blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood. A daily routine of cardio exercise when combined with other lifestyle adjustments such as good nutrition, not smoking, and restrained consumption of alcohol and medications/drug usage, can be remarkable.
Anti-Aging Skin Boost
A study reported in the July 2005 issue of "The Journal of Trauma" ascertained L-Arginine supplementation boosted collagen synthesis in mice. Collagen, an essential compound for connective tissues, used primarily to protect skin from trauma. As one ages, collagen production slows down. Preliminary scientific studies support the proposed use of L-Arginine for collagen enhancement. L-Arginine is often used to shorten the time to heal wounds. Skin heals itself through three basic steps: inflammation of the wound, reforming tissue around the wound and finally remodeling the tissue. Initial studies have found that supplementing with L-Arginine enhanced the collagen production and supported wound strength. By naturally promoting collagen production, skin can retain its elasticity and vitality.
Added Boost with Resveratrol
A study conducted by the High Desert Heart Institute revealed several important points. One, that L-Arginine can produce potent good benefits within the body. Two, it indicated that other cardiovascular-friendly nutrients such as L-Citrulline and Resveratrol can synergistically increase L-Arginine’s benefits.