THE NATURAL ANSWER TO A
HEALTHY SEX LIFE
L-Arginine is a naturally occurring
amino acid that
is found in many foods, such as milk, meat, chicken, and fish. Amino acids are
the building blocks of proteins, enzymes and hormones, and are now known to
play a key role in physiological functions as well. Arginine is important in
the process of neurotransmission, immune function, the relaxation of blood vessels
and the flow of blood to the male and female sex organs.
Arginine and Nitric Oxide
In the body, L-arginine is required for the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO),
a natural compound that the Journal of Science called the molecule of the year
in 1993 because of its numerous health benefits. Nitric oxide enables the arterial
system to retain its elasticity and the ability to increase the flow of blood
to the tissues of the body. Arginine, via nitric oxide, works by allowing the
capillaries to expand and contract, moving blood through the blood vessels.
Arginine and Impotence
At the onset of an erection, Arginine is enzymatically cleaved by the enzyme
nitrous oxide synthase (NOS), resulting in the production of nitric oxide. Nitric
oxide enables two rods of sponge like tissue, (the corpora caverno-sum &
corpus spongiosumin) in the penis to relax, allowing the inflow of blood and
causing the penis to become erect. Unless sufficient nitric oxide is produced,
a penile erection will not occur. In some men, including those men over the
age of 50, arterial disease leads to a reduction in blood flow to the penis.
Arterial restriction and impotence is common in patients with heart disease
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, have concluded that in some cases
of male impotence, a natural enzyme called arge-nase can break down L-arginine
before it is able to produce nitric oxide. This research suggests that the addition
of large amounts of dietary L-arginine may replace some of the body's own arginine
that is being destroyed by this enzyme. Supplementation with dietary L-arginine
should help increase the body's supply of nitric oxide, and a man's ability
to have a normal erection. More research needs to be carried out with dietary
L-Arginine Improves Circulation:
A research study performed by the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology in Germany
demonstrated that the use of L-arginine increased the formation of nitric oxide
and vaso-dilatation in atherosclerotic patients. In this double-blind placebo
controlled study, thirty-nine patients with intermittent claudication were supplemented
with L-arginine for a period of three weeks. Those individuals supplemented
with L-arginine showed improved circulation and a corresponding decrease in
vascular induced pain.
Arginine and Increased Fertility:
Several studies have examined the use of arginine supplementation in the treatment
of male infertility. Schacter et al., found a 100% increase in the sperm counts
of forty-two males after supplementation with L-arginine. An increase in sperm
mobility was also noted in the study. It is postulated that an arginine deficiency
may cause a metabolic disorder in tissues where sperm development is taking
place. Other studies have indicated that arginine deficiency appears to have
a specific effect on the development of reproductive functions in women, since
reduced arginine levels can cause a significant delay in puberty.
Arginine and GH Release:
Arginine has been shown to promote the release of natural growth hormone from
the pituitary gland. The amount of growth hormone secreted in response to L-arginine
supplementation varies widely among individuals. Arginine in high doses given
intravenously, has been shown to release human growth hormone (HGH), glucagon
and insulin. Arginine may help play a role as an anti-aging nutrient, since
many age related degenerative diseases are associated with a significant reduction
in growth hormone levels.
Safety and Use:
L-arginine supplementation is safe when taken in reasonable doses. A range of
3000 mg to 6000 mg per day appears to be the recommended level. L-arginine has
been shown to have some toxic effects (liver and kidneys), when taken in levels
of over 40 grams per day. Individuals with liver or kidney problems should consult
their physician before taking large doses of any amino acids.
Schachter A. et al., "Treatment of oligo- spermia with the amino acid arginine."
J. Urol. 110:311-313;1973.
Zorgniotti A.W., and Lizza, E F., "Effect of large doses of the nitric
oxide precursor, L-arginine on erectile dysfunction., "Int. Journal of
Impotence Research 6:33-36; 1994.
Adaikins P.G. et al., "Pharmacology of penile erection in humans"
Cardiovascular Intervent. Radiol.". 11 (4): 191-94; 1988.
B"oger RH et al., " Restoring vascular nitric oxide formation by L-arginine
improves the symptoms of intermittent claudication in patients with peripheral
arterial occlusive disease." Am. Coll; 32 (5): 1336-44, 1998.
Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the PDA. This information
is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have
medical problems, consult a professional.
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