Vascularity and L-Arginine.
Friends in our efforts to spread awareness among fitness enthusiasts today I am going to give you an in-depth explanation about L-Arginine. I am sure if you are a fitness fanatic you must have heard of this and might have taken this supplement. This supplement is found in many popular whey protein powders and some bodybuilder’s they take this separately to improve vascularity and endurance while working out. So friends what is, this supplement? Why it is used and how it works? This article will get you to the bottom of all these questions.
What is L-Arginine?
Arginine or L-Arginine is an amino acid that is made in the body and hence it is a non-essential amino acid. We call this non-essential because our body can effectively produce this amino. It can also be obtained from food such as whole wheat, chickpeas, dairy, fish, nuts, oats, poultry, red meat, seeds, and soya and also found in some whey protein supplements and l-arginine isolated supplements. Many famous whey protein brands like ON, Muscle blaze will add this amino as one of the ingredients in protein powders. If you check their nutrition label you will come to know.
It is also found in many of the pre-workout supplement also. L-arginine is a chemical building block called "an amino acid." It is obtained from the diet and is necessary for the body to make proteins. The benefits of L-arginine are derived from its roles in protein synthesis and serving as a precursor to nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator. Basically, when we take this supplement it gets converted into Nitric Oxide. This natural chemical causes a vasodilation effect on the blood vessels, making them expand slightly so that more blood can flow through them. I know this is too much of science here. I have explained this in simpler terms below. So keep reading.
Why it is used and How L-Arginine works in your body?
Once you take this supplement. L-arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide now this chemical causes a vasodilation effect on the blood vessels making them expand as a result of which more blood flow will happen through them. You will notice increased vascularity and your body will have visible veins. Now what happens let’s say you are working out on your “Biceps” since your blood vessels are expanded you will feel a great pump more blood will flow through your veins due to this you will have increased nutrients delivery to the muscles, resulting in increased oxygen, glucose and protein supply to muscle tissue during exercise. Because of this reason L-Arginine is believed to improve muscle gains. It can promote the growth of muscle tissue, improve recovery times and alleviate soreness. It also makes your muscle look hard and toned for longer after the workout.
Benefits of L-Arginine.
L-Arginine is used for various purpose. However below I have mentioned few of the benefits.
1. Improve blood flow
2. Heal wounds faster
3. Alleviate anxiety
4. Enhance exercise performance
5. L-arginine Can Boost Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Release
6. Boost Nitric Oxide Levels Naturally
7. L-arginine Can Aid in Weight Loss (Burn Belly Fat)
8. Treating erectile dysfunction (ED)
9. reducing high blood pressure
10. Can Aid in Diabetes Treatment
One common dosage is 2 to 3 grams before your workout. However, Oye Gabruu never promotes the use of any of the supplements. We rather promote diet in such a way so that you could meet your daily amino requirement. We will recommend asking your doctor for advice.
Can you get arginine naturally from foods?
Yes! And that is why we promote diets and clean food. L-Arginine is found in whole wheat, chickpeas, dairy, fish, nuts, oats, poultry, red meat, seeds, soya, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts seeds like sesame and sunflower, corn, cereals, buckwheat, brown rice, and chocolate. Hope the list will help.
Do you need this supplement?
Not very often! Not required until and unless you are participating at an Olympia level. If you are a pro athlete take this at your own discretion still we would advise you to consult a doctor.
L-Arginine is possibly safe for most of the human being if it is taken in a limited dosage. However, it may have some of the below side effects.
1. L-arginine is not recommended in patients following an acute heart attack.
2. Use with caution if pregnant or breastfeeding.
3. This supplement should be avoided for people with kidney and or liver impairments
5. Abdominal pain
6. Allergies etc.
Hence we request our readers to obtain nutrients through diet and foods which is more beneficial in long run.
The aim of this article is to spread awareness and to make users of the supplement have the better understanding of what they are taking and what they are getting themselves into.
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Stay Strong Stay Healthy.