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Arginine is considered a semi-essential amino acid because even though the body normally makes enough of it, supplementation is sometimes needed. For example, people with protein malnutrition, excessive ammonia production, excessive lysine intake, burns, infections, peritoneal dialysis, rapid growth, urea synthesis disorders, or sepsis may not have enough arginine. Symptoms of arginine deficiency include poor wound healing, hair loss, skin rash, constipation, and fatty liver.

Arginine changes into nitric oxide, which causes blood vessel relaxation (vasodilation). Early evidence suggests that arginine may help treat medical conditions that improve with vasodilation, such as chest pain, clogged arteries (called atherosclerosis), coronary artery disease, erectile dysfunction, heart failure, intermittent claudication/peripheral vascular disease, and blood vessel swelling that causes headaches (vascular headaches). Arginine also triggers the body to make protein and has been studied for wound healing, bodybuilding, enhancement of sperm production (spermatogenesis), and prevention of wasting in people with critical illnesses.

Arginine hydrochloride has a high chloride content and has been used to treat metabolic alkalosis. This use should be under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.
Use of L-arginine following a heart attack provides no benefit

Use of L-arginine following a heart attack provides no benefit

Protein p53 is the "guardian" of our genome

Protein p53 is the "guardian" of our genome

Research discovers new deadly link to sickle cell disease

Research discovers new deadly link to sickle cell disease

Nephrogenic Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuresis - a new genetic disease

Nephrogenic Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuresis - a new genetic disease

Dozens of new genes identified in X chromosome

Dozens of new genes identified in X chromosome

New center focuses on rare Batten disease

New center focuses on rare Batten disease

Changing chemistry helps explain estrogen threat to the heart

Changing chemistry helps explain estrogen threat to the heart

Fossil record of the human immune system reveals antibodies that block cancer metastasis

Fossil record of the human immune system reveals antibodies that block cancer metastasis

Genes affect how asthma patients respond to albuterol

Genes affect how asthma patients respond to albuterol

Isolated soy protein shown to benefit type 2 diabetics

Isolated soy protein shown to benefit type 2 diabetics

Moderate exercise in conjunction with common dietary supplements significantly reduce the risk of atherosclerosis

Moderate exercise in conjunction with common dietary supplements significantly reduce the risk of atherosclerosis

New technique of identifying genes may help researchers developing drugs

New technique of identifying genes may help researchers developing drugs

Having your tonsils removed gets more complicated if you have a bleeding disorder

Having your tonsils removed gets more complicated if you have a bleeding disorder

Walnuts prevent heart disease

Walnuts prevent heart disease