March 20, 2017In SupplementsBy Sean Lerwill2 Minutes

I’m often asked about different supplements (like Arginine) available from mainstream sports nutrition brands. Individual amino acids such as Arginine can often seem a bit scary and strange to be taken in isolation. For that reason, I decided to do a series of blog posts on a few of the most common that people ask about so you can decide whether or not they are worth taking for you.

Arginine

Arginine is an amino acid that enhances nitric oxide (NO) production among other things. NO helps improve blood flow to exercising muscles which in turn increases the delivery of nutrients that the blood transports to the muscles including oxygen and hormones. Arginine has also been linked to reducing healing time of injuries, particularly bone, as well as speeding up general repair time of damaged tissues. This is thought to be due to its function of aiding blood flow as well as its actions on the pathways that regulate growth and metabolism.

Arginine has also been linked to growth hormone level improvements as well as muscle size and strength increases.

Animal sources

Arginine is common in dairy sources such as whey protein, cottage cheese, ricotta, milk and yogurt. Meats such as beef, bacon, ham, chicken and turkey, and seafood like prawns, lobster, salmon and tuna..

Plant sources

Everyday foods like granola and oatmeal are good sources, along with peanuts, pecans, cashews, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts. Pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds are all good sources too along with chickpeas, cooked soybeans and coconuts.

How to take supplement

3-5g (or manufactures dosage) 3 times a day or one dose 30-40mins pre-exercise.

Benefits

Muscle building, strength gain and wound/injury healing.

Be aware!

It is apparently common to feel a bit more vascular after taking Arginine, so don’t be worried if you look in the mirror and see a few more veins staring back in the reflection! If you like them, great. If you don’t, they will go down!