Arginine

AT A GLANCE:

Arginine and its roles:


  • Harmony between blood circulation and oxygen needs
  • Neurotransmission
  • Indispensable for performance
  • Involved in immune response mechanisms
Arginine

Arginine may be a key nutritional component:


  • for recuperation
  • during  traumatism
  • following repeated infections

Arginine is classified as a conditionally non-essential amino acid meaning that under most conditions it can either be synthesised in the body or replaced by other amino acids. It is used as the first unit (starter) for many proteins. In case of a lack of arginine, lysine may replace it.


Arginine is also a precursor of nitric oxide (NO) which is a paracrine substance promoting vasodilatation. So it has the ability to modulate the blood stream and allow a better supply to areas in need of oxygen. This effect is very important for performance. NO is also an important neurotransmitter.