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Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate - How Much Should I Take and When?

Updated on February 26, 2014

<< Part 5 - Side Effects and Cons <<

We've gone over the upsides, and possible downsides, to supplementing with arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, but you won't be able to attain these benefits, while avoiding the side effects, if you don't know the proper dosages.

Supplementing with arginine at the proper doses, at the right time, will help you attain an ideal outcome.

So first, let’s look at how much arginine you should take each day.

How Much Arginine Should You Take?

The amount you take is really going to depend on the supplement you get, whether it’s powder, pills, pure or in a mix, and the potency of their mix. But you can side-step this hassle by getting pure arginine alpha-ketoglutarate supplements.

Either way, the recommended daily dosage is going to be around 3 grams per day, on an empty stomach. This is the dosage for pure arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, which is more efficient than regular old l-arginine.

So, you'll need to look at your supplement and see how much of it you'd have to take, in order to get 3 grams of arginine alpha-ketoglutarate. Just as a heads up, it might be listed as arginine AKG or A-AKG on the label.

And it’s usually recommended that you take the 3 grams all in one shot.

When Should You Take Arginine?

Some supplements will recommend that you take two separate, 3 gram doses, but that's entirely up to you.

Personally, I think the best time to take your arginine would be about an hour before you workout.

This is going to give the arginine enough time to help produce more nitric oxide in your bloodstream, which is going to boost your workout performance and make you feel pumped up, even after your workout. And since your blood will be flowing so efficiently all day, and arginine takes part in the creation of creatine, you're going to recover even faster.

Even when you exercise without using arginine supplements, nitric oxide is released into your bloodstream, and you'll get that pumped feeling but, by the time you get home, you don't look and feel as pumped up. So, by supplementing with arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, you'll be able to keep that pumped look and feeling, all day. Remember though that arginine does more than just pump you up.

So, that's why I recommend that you supplement with arginine before your workouts; take it when you could really use that boost of nitric oxide in your bloodstream.

But, if you're not working out, then you can take it first thing in the morning, and start your day out right with a nice surge of nitric oxide, pulsing through your veins.

Now, those are the two recommended times to supplement with arginine, and some supplement companies recommend that you take the supplement at both times, everyday, but I don't think that both doses are really needed, on an every day basis.

And it's not recommended to continually supplement with arginine for longer than 2 months, if you're taking high dosages, and I think 6 total grams a day would be considered a high dosage. So, avoid the risk and stick with 3 grams per day, and I'm sure you'll notice the difference!

In summary, on your workout days, stick to just one dose before your workouts and, on your rest days, stick to one dose first thing in the morning.

Now that you know the proper dosage, and when the best time is to take arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, you might be wondering where you can get some.

Well, let me help you out with that question, and show you 2 top-rated arginine alpha-ketoglutarate supplements.

>> Continue Reading Part 7 - Top 2 Supplements & Conclusion >>

Are YOU Ready to Start Taking Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate?

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      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you got something out of it, andy.. thanks for reading!

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      andy . 

      8 years ago

      good informations thanks a lot

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      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      You're welcome Hello, hello, and entertianmentplus!

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      8 years ago from United States

      Good info thanks.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your helpful hub.


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