7 Cool Facts about the Nitric Oxide Supplement Arginine
Hey guys, Paul from Ultimatefatburner here, and today I’m going to hit you up with 7 quick facts about the amino acid arginine.
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Arginine is a precursor to the gas nitric oxide. Nitric oxide production causes vasodilation – or simply, it dilates the arteries and blood vessels.
The clinical data supporting arginine’s effects as a sports performance enhancing supplement is conflicting and contradictory at this time.
The more you use arginine, the less effective it becomes. That’s because regular usage ramps up the activity of an enzyme called arginase which breaks down arginine, leaving less of it available for NO production. Because of this, many supplements are now switching to using citrulline in their formulas, or a combination of arginine and citrulline.
Concentrated pre-workout supplements that contain arginine do not contain anywhere near an effect dose of the supplement.
On its own and in combination with yohimbine and pycnogenol, multi-gram doses of arginine have been used to successfully treat certain types of erectile dysfuncton.
If you are taking any drugs to lower your blood pressure (i.e., antihypertensive drugs) do not attempt supplementing with arginine before speaking with your doctor, as it may create an additive effect!
So there you have it! 7 little known facts about arginine. I hope you found that useful!
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