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Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate - Why Should You Take It?

Updated on February 25, 2014

<< Part 2 - First Supplement Usage <<

Now that you’ve learned a bit about arginine alpha-ketoglutarate you might be wondering why you’d even need to take it.

The truth is that most people get enough arginine from their body and diet, but if you’re deficient in arginine it can cause some problems.

And if you’d like to increase your efforts in the gym, whether it’s weight loss or muscle gain, then supplementing with arginine might be a good option.

So what kind of problems can arise if your body is lacking enough arginine to get by?

Arginine Deficiency

Well one thing you might notice pretty quickly is constipation. This is one issue that’s kind of hard to ignore.

Your muscles may even feel weak if you lack enough arginine in your body. This can really hold you back in the gym and in your daily life.

And another very common issue, which may be caused by an arginine deficiency, is hair loss! This is something I suffer from myself so I may have to look into actively increasing my arginine intake and see if it helps any.

A deficiency in arginine might also cause liver malfunction.

Arginine can also help very important parts of our bodies function better: our hearts and our brains.

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Arginine’s Cardiovascular Benefits

Arginine has many benefits attributed to it when dealing with your veins and arteries; things like:

  • Better Blood Circulation
  • Preventing Abnormal Blood Clotting
  • Lowering Blood Pressure
  • Preventing and Reducing Atherosclerosis
  • Lowering Cholesterol
  • Reducing Insulin Resistance
  • Improving & Preventing Diabetes
  • Helping Prevent Free Radical Damage by Lining Blood Vessels

Arginine can also help reduce the size of a heart attack, reduce strokes and help reverse the effects of coronary heart disease.

Arginine’s Mental Benefits

Arginine may also even be a beneficial treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

It helps boost your long term memory and cognitive functions.

I think we can all agree that we enjoy being able to breathe, right? Well arginine can help you out there too.

Arginine’s Lung Benefits

Since arginine helps to relax your blood vessels, which improves circulation, it can increase the oxygen uptake in your lungs.

I think anyone would see this as being a good thing, but those who actively stress their lungs (athletes) and those who have trouble breathing (asthma) might notice these benefits more.

Arginine’s Healing Powers

Arginine can even help you when you’re not 100% healthy.

A body that’s rich with arginine will see better healing capabilities when dealing with things like fractures, wounds and burns.

You’ll even end up having a shorter stay in the hospital and have less chance of a post operative infection.

Arginine will counteract inflammation and will actually help you prevent and fight some types of cancer!

Arginine’s Sexual Benefits

Some might not see these benefits to be as important as others, but without sex none of us would be alive.

As you already know, arginine can help increase blood flow which can in turn help with male impotence. It can even help boost fertility in men by increasing their sperm count and motility. And arginine may improve prostate function.

Don’t feel left out though ladies because arginine can help boost sexual desire in both men and women. It can also make sex more pleasurable for women because of boosted levels of nitric oxide.

Arginine’s Fitness Benefits

All those benefits are great but I’m sure a lot of people who are reading this are more interested in boosting their physical performance during workouts.

Since arginine helps to improve your circulation you’re going to have an improved exercise capability right off the bat. This is also going to help improve your muscle performance and slow down muscle loss.

But arginine does another amazing thing, it boosts human growth hormone.

By boosting HGH naturally you’ll see increases in your muscles and actually start losing weight! You’re really going to notice that “pumped” feeling after you workout.

So arginine is going to help you perform better in the gym and the bedroom, help you gain muscle and lose fat, help your body function better in a number of ways and help you heal faster.

Hopefully now you realize why arginine is so important.

But, like always, I don’t want you to believe everything I say… so let’s look at some research done with arginine and see if it can back any of my claims.

>> Continue Reading Part 4 - Research Proven Benefits >>

© 2010 Ben Guinter

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    • Bendo13 profile image

      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Things that can cause you to need to supplement with arginine are not getting enough protein, getting too much lysine or if you're growing quickly.

      There's more info on it here I just listed the reasons that were more fitness and nutrition related.

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      timonweller 7 years ago

      Hey, Nice Hub, Can i ask what sort of foods or what causes Arginine deficiency?

    • entertianmentplus profile image

      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Very nice hub..

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad to have helped Hello, hello,

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I think that is just what I could do with. Thank you for your good advice.