L-arginine is a semi-essential amino acid involved in multiple areas of human physiology and metabolism. L-arginine significantly affects endocrine function and helps regulate the release of neurotransmitter chemicals, insulin, glucagon (which has the opposite effect of insulin; i.e., it raises blood sugar), and growth hormone.* However, one of L-arginine's most compelling contributions to human physiology is its role as a biological precursor of nitric oxide.* The vascular endothelium (lining of the arteries) creates nitric oxide from L-arginine, resulting primarily in blood vessel relaxation.* This property is critical to maintaining good vascular health, heart health, reproductive health, and protection against oxidative damage.
Maintaining the natural, healthy functions of the vascular endothelium is dependent upon an adequate supply of L-arginine being available to these cells.* As mentioned above, the conversion of L-arginine to nitric oxide is responsible for these functions by making the endothelial cells more resistant to oxidative damage and adhesion by otherwise harmful substances.* Numerous studies have demonstrated that individuals with sufficient nitric oxide production by endothelial cells have the best opportunity to maintain already normal cardiovascular health.
Suggested Use: Two capsules two times daily, or as otherwise directed by a health-care practitioner.
Serving Size: 2
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.* Daily Value not established.
**L-arginine in a patent-pending time-release matrix - Time-Sorb® (high and low viscosity hydroxypropylmethyl-cellulose USNF and Magnesium Citrate Laurate)
Other Ingredient: High and low viscosity hydroxypropyl methyl-cellulose and magnesium citrate laurate (Time-Sorb), hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsules, leucine, silicon dioxide.
People who are on blood pressure medication should monitor their blood pressure levels, or consult their physician before taking arginine. Keep out of the reach of children
This supplement should be avoided by persons with glaucoma or herpes simplex unless otherwise prescribed by a physician. Do not use if you have had a myocardial infarction or have established coronary artery disease.