L-Arginine and L-Ornithine: Necessary for lean muscle mass
• Helps to promote optimal healing of wounds
• Facilitates muscle mass gain while limiting fat storage
• Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
• Promoter of cardiovascular health
What is L-Arginine and L-Ornithine?
This dietary supplement has free-form amino acids, L-Arginine and L-Ornithine. These capsules are easier to swallow and assimilate. Well tolerated by most highly allergic individuals. Contains no tablet binders, coating or colourings.
Arginine is needed to increase protein synthesis, which can in turn increase cellular replication. Therefore, arginine may help people with inadequate numbers of certain cells. For example, some, though not all, studies have found that men with low sperm counts experienced an increase in the number of sperm when they supplemented with arginine.
Arginine is also a precursor to nitric oxide, which the body uses to keep blood vessels dilated, allowing the heart to receive adequate oxygen. Researchers have begun to use arginine in people with angina and congestive heart failure.
What does L-Arginine and L-Ornithine do?
Ornithine is similar in structure to Arginine. Animal research has suggested that L-Ornithine, along with L- Arginine, promotes muscle-building activity in the body by increasing levels of growth-promoting hormones such as insulin and growth hormone.
The amino acid, arginine, has several roles in the body, such as assisting in wound healing, helping remove excess ammonia from the body, stimulating immune function, and promoting secretion of several hormones, including glucagon, insulin, and growth hormone.
The effect of arginine on growth hormone levels has interested body builders. In a controlled trial, when arginine and ornithine (500 mg of each, twice per day, five times per week) were combined with weight training, a greater decrease in body fat was obtained after only five weeks, than when the same exercise was combined with a placebo.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
Arginine has not been reported to cause any side effects. People with kidney or liver disease should consult their doctor before supplementing with arginine. Some doctors believe that people with herpes (either cold sores or genital herpes) should not take arginine supplements, because of the possibility that arginine might stimulate replication of the virus.