L-Arginine is a non-essential amino acid which becomes essential with stress, injury or starvation, pregnancy & protein deficiency. Arginine is found in meat, nuts, eggs, milk, & cheese.
L-Arginine's most important functions include:
Stimulating production of insulin.
Increasing growth hormone production.
Stimulating the thymus (immune controlling) gland, when combined with Lysine.
Enhancing immune function - improves total T-cell numbers & activity.
Detoxifying ammonia in the body.
It may also ameliorate the toxic effects of gut/digestive malfunction. In diabetics, studies have shown 1000mg twice daily significantly reduced lipid peroxidation, which would reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease & other complications of diabetes. It is also helpful with alcoholism and hepatitis, and converts to nitrous oxide which gives more elasticity to arteries and may help in some cases of high blood pressure.
Essential for immune system activity to stay normal.
Necessary for wound healing in the body.
Helpful in assisting with healing of damaged liver.
Necessary for production and release of growth hormone.
The most potent amino acid for releasing insulin.
A precursor to GABA, a very important inhibitory neurotransmitter.
Because of arginine's powerful boost to the immune system, people suffering from a great variety of ailments may find it helpful. However, it should not be used by those with an acute or chronic virus, such as Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV) or Human Herpes Virus VI (HHV6), Herpes Simplex I or II. This is because Arginine will speed up the rate of viral growth, which can prove to be dangerous. The amino acid, Lysine, has the opposite effect on viruses, slowing down their growth.