Arginine is considered a safe supplement with only minor side effects reported when taken for up to 3 months. Some possible side effects are: some abdominal discomfort, diarrea, bloating. Also reported was difficulty breathing in people with asthma.
See your doctor before using Arginine if you are taking any medications, especially meds that lower blood pressure, and erectile dysfuntion drugs such as Viagra as it may interact with these medications.
Women who are nursing or may be pregnant should also seek the advice of a physician before using Arginine.
Explanation: Arginine or L-arginine, is a conditionally essential amino acid that's required for growth, immune function, wound healing, and many aspects of protein metabolism. This is why it is essential for muscle growth and bodybuilding. Arginine is the main ingredient in most of the very popular Nitric Oxide products due to it's reputation as a nitric oxide booster. This means it enables the body to produce nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to dilate, creating the all-important "pump" that you feel when you intensely work a muscle. This dilation also allows more nutrient rich blood to saturate the muscle, resulting in more muscle growth.
Facts About Arginine
Arginine is a "conditionally essential" amino acid. The body is able to synthesize the amino acid if necessary when it is lacking in the diet. However, a diet that consists of plenty of protein from chicken, steak & beef, fish, eggs and dairy products, should provide enough of an arginine dose for a normal diet. Arginine may stimulate the production of growth hormone and prolactin. The body uses arginine along with glycine and methionine, to produce creatine.
Deficiencies of arginine may occur in children with certain genetic disorders, or in cases of trauma (including surgery), sepsis, or serious burns. These individuals may receive arginine as part of medically prescribed therapy during recovery.
Arginine may help prevent or reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease, and may decrease the occurrence of artherosclerosis (the formation of hard plaque from fatty deposits in the arteries). Arginine is also thought to help lower cholesterol levels, and may help improve symptoms of angina.
Arginine may also help prevent or reduce the spread of certain cancers, and may have antioxidant properties.
Research shows that arginine, when taken in the proper dosage, may help the body repair wounds, may help individuals with some kidney disorders, may help decrease the severity or incidence of migraine headaches, and may help improve symptoms of male infertility caused by erectile dysfunction.