Benefits of Arginine
L-arginine, a precursor of nitric oxide, plays an important role in releasing vital hormones, boosting the immune system, synthesizing various protein molecules, lowering cholesterol, speeding recovery after surgery or injury, reducing accumulation of ammonia and plasma lactate, decreasing blood pressure, stimulating sexuality, burning fat and increasing lean muscle mass etc. The amino acid helps beat hot flashes as it contains nitric oxide that ensures flexibility of blood vessel linings and promotes the function of the underlying muscles, making women feel normal again.
L-arginine rich foods or supplements help stimulate and maintain erection and promote healthy ejaculate volume in men. This amino acid is prescribed by doctors for healthy weight loss, body building and fertility and it is used to relieve arthritis pain. It is also used to treat Alzheimer's disease, cancers, inherited urea cycle disorders, liver disorders, etc. Do you know that amino acid therapies are suggested to prevent aging and heart diseases? They have been used successfully for controlling stress, eliminating depression and enhancing memory. These therapies work great to reduce herpes, manage allergies, improve sleep, arrest alcohol abuse and enhance hair growth. Foods high in arginine when included in the regular diet can help improve your health in several ways.
Foods High in Arginine
|Food||Serving Size (g)||Free Arginine (mg)|
The following table shows the amount of arginine you get after consuming 100 g of foods high in arginine.
|Food (100 g)||Arginine|
|Peanut Flour, defatted||6 g|
|Soy Protein Isolate||6 g|
|Unsweetened Gelatin, dry powder||6 g|
|Sunflower Seed Flour, partially defatted||5 g|
|Dried Egg White||4 g|
|Dried Spirulina, seaweed||4 g|
|Dried Butternuts||4 g|
|Watermelon Seed Kernels||4 g|
|Roasted Cottonseed Kernels||4 g|
Arginine is present in buckwheat, oatmeal, cottage cheese, ricotta, non-fat dry milk, skim yogurt, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, pheasant, quail, halibut, lobster, salmon, shrimp, snails, tuna, granola, chickpeas, chocolate, cooked soybeans and many other food items. But, arginine and lysine (another amino acid that protects us from viruses) compete with each other for assimilation and both accompany each other, in virtually all foods. Neither of them can be assimilated very well when you eat both at the same time. You should eat foods rich in arginine, two hours apart from lysine rich foods so as to get the best results. Consult your physician before taking arginine (amino acid) supplements or before opting for foods that provide arginine; as wrong way of arginine intake can lead to some disorders or further complications.
L-Arginine Side Effects
L-arginine causes malfunctioning of lysine which is required to control viral infections. Pregnant and lactating women should be cautious with their arginine intake and dosage. Thickening and coarsening of skin are some of the common side effects of L-arginine. Excessive consumption of the amino acid can result in nausea, gastrointestinal disorders or diarrhea are noticed. Delay in sexual maturity, impairment of the production of insulin and glucose, muscle weakness, rash, hair loss, poor wound healing and liver problems are usually noticed in case of arginine deficiency.
I hope the above article provides you sufficient information on arginine and on the benefits of incorporating foods rich in arginine in your diet. Plan your diet carefully and enjoy a healthy life.