If there were no different combinations of amino acids, for example, the hair could not be distinguished from the heart, not counting other bizarre features. Like letters that compose any word in the dictionary, these chemicals are connected in myriad ways to form protein molecules that form and control all cells of the body.
One such amino acid is arginine. In the early 90-ies of the last century, scientists have found that arginine regulates blood levels of amazing substance called nitric oxide, which is responsible for managing the bloodstream, the immune system, communication between nerve cells, liver function, blood clotting and even sexual arousal. Arginine - Nitric Oxide, and in order to use its other medicinal qualities - his definition of the right balance in the blood. Deficiency of nitric oxide creates some risk, but its excess, too bad. For preventing oxidative degeneration of nitric oxide, the additives should be accompanied arginine in broad spectrum of protective antioxidant substances, including coenzyme Q10 and lipoic acid.
Arginine, according to the discoveries of recent years, is the most powerful amino acid in cardiology. Even nutritionally oriented doctors are not accustomed to prescribe this amino acid for heart disease and other ailments. But this should be done, and here's why.
Arginine itself (rather than nitrogen oxide, from which it is formed) lowers cholesterol more effectively than any other amino acid. Furthermore, people with high blood cholesterol arginine promotes healthy coronary microcirculation, thereby preventing the formation of blood clots which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
Nitric oxide is formed from arginine, is capable of much more. Relaxing the arteries and thereby providing better blood flow, it can help in diseases associated with blood circulation: coronary heart disease in combination with angina, intermittent claudication (poor blood supply to the legs), and hypertension, and cerebrovascular accidents. In Japan and Greece teams cardiac ambulance arginine administered directly into the coronary artery patients with angina that instantly restores circulation. Israeli cardiologists seek to improve heart function in patients with congestive heart failure using drip intravenous injection of 20 g of arginine for one hour.
Of course, the arginine acts not only as a precursor to nitric oxide. In certain cases - for example, the active growth, recovering from an injury, wound healing, and whenever necessary in a strong immune defense - the body can not meet its arginine needs , an amino acid and becomes "indispensable."
Like other building blocks of proteins, arginine takes part in maintaining lean muscle and body tissue. It may be converted into another amino acid - ornithine, which stimulates the secretion of certain natural hormones, particularly growth hormone.
In men, nitric oxide plays a crucial role in preserving the "male power" and improves the production of sperm and overall activity. For a more thorough treatment of infertility nutritionists would advise to arginine add zinc, carnitine and coenzyme Q10.
Arginine slows down the development of tumors and cancer, helps detoxify the liver, useful in diseases such as obesity and cirrhosis of the liver, as well as eliminates the disturbances in the kidneys.
Medical scientists believe arginine is an indispensable tool for recovery of protein balance in people with severe burns. It is also proved that it speeds up the healing of wounds, fractures and diabetic foot ulcers. Arginine can heal and regenerate nerves. Moreover, the success of the program to prevent osteoporosis may also largely depend on arginine. Nitric oxide inhibits bone loss, while the release of growth hormone may improve bone density.
Acceptance of arginine should be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.