L-Arginine, also known as Arginine, is an essential amino acid used to help:
• Increase HGH (Human Growth Hormone) levels in men,
• Improve erectile function,
• Stimulate muscle growth
• Improve wound healing.
The reason most athletes use L-Arginine is for the increased HGH levels. Arginine appears to increase HGH levels by blocking the secretions of growth hormone inhibitor Somatostatin. It also is shown to raise insulin and creatine phosphate levels, which can help with lean mass gains and fat loss. One European study shows that it boosted HGH levels to three times the normal level in one age group.
The second most valuable asset associated from L-Arginine is that is increases vasodilation. (Increased blood flow) This is helping men with erectile problems and is being used in most over the counter male stimulants. This is because L-Arginine helps relax blood vessels and helps keep arteries flexible and boost blood flow. (a higher sperm count may also be noticed)
This also may have a direct effect on cardio vascular disease. L-Arginine increases NO, (Nitric Oxide) which has shown to reverse arterial plaque.
Dosages vary, depending on the results the user is looking for. Most manufacturers recommend much less than documented amounts shown to be effective, so careful consideration should be used before or during use.
L-Arginine should be used on an empty stomach.
Reason for Administration Dosage (grams) When it should be administered
Athlete/Individual to Raise HGH levels 3 grams 1 hour before exercise AND directly before going to sleep
To Reduce Blood Pressure 2 grams 3 times a day
Help Erectile Function 6 – 18 grams 45 minutes before sex
Increase Sperm Count 4 grams Total used throughout the day
For a healthy heart 6 – 13 grams Total used throughout the day
To heal wounds 15 – 18 grams Total used throughout the day