21 Jul Ingredient of the Week: L-Arginine
What is L-Arginine?
Arginine is an essential amino acid and is a known precursor of nitric oxide (NO2). It is naturally occurring in nuts, seeds, chocolate, and raisins. It is also a necessary component of several physiological processes including hormone secretion, the removal of toxic waste products from the body, increasing growth hormone production, and immune system defenses.
One of the main benefits of Arginine is that it increases nitric oxide production, leading to vasodilation and increased blood flow. Increased vasodilation and blood flow not only helps with recovery, it also enhances workouts by allowing the muscles being trained to achieve a pump faster, maximizing your time spent in the gym. This also helps with the removal of free radicals, bad cholesterol, and the enhancement of fat metabolism. In addition to this, Arginine has been shown to enhance neuromuscular signaling and the release of growth hormone.
Possible Side Effects:
Serious side effects have not been seen while supplementing with Arginine, although taking too much can cause diarrhea, weakness, or nausea. Any person who has heart disease should refer to their physician before taking any supplement that increases vasodilation and blood flow.
Standard doses of Arginine have not fully been established yet, but effective doses seem to range between 1-5 grams. Knowing that, we used 1 gram in Genesis, to ensure that the benefits are seen, but not wasting space by adding more than the body needs.
When to Take:
L-Arginine’s ability to enhance nitric oxide production, vasodilation, and neuromuscular firing, has gained a lot of popularity by being added into pre-workouts. Try our Genesis Pre-Workout to see just how effective L-Arginine is!