By Patrick O’Neill
Arginine (also known as L-Arginine) is a naturally effective prosexual nutrient for both women and men. That means that when you eat foods that contain this incredible anti-aging sex booster, you might be able to throw away your Cialis and Viagra for good.
Your circulatory system also benefits, and there is evidence that blood flow in your arteries is improved as well. Let’s take a look at 1 of the 43 essential nutrients your body craves, just what it is, and where you can get it to benefit from a healthy sex drive while turning back the clock with the miraculous anti-aging properties in arginine.
What is Arginine, Anyway?
When we refer to arginine, we are not speaking of the citizens of a South American country. What we speak of is one of the 20 natural amino acids most commonly found in your body. This essential acid can be found in some dairy products, meats and seafood, and some plants as well. Think of it as an essential building block that helps your body make protein.
A healthy human body produces enough L-arginine. But with the fast food, processed diet that so many people consume these days, it makes sense to supplement. Or at least make sure you are eating plenty of foods that deliver this necessary physiological component that helps you turn back the aging clock, and allows you to enjoy a healthy sex drive.
How Does My Body Benefit from Arginine?
No one likes technical mumbo-jumbo, so let’s just make this plain and simple. The process that your body undergoes when it produces L-argenine (or gets it from an outside food sources) is something like this. When you create or take in excess arginine, your body receives more energy by storing surplus adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules which can be used later.
Without getting into a lengthy description about what actually happens, just understand that your body benefits by proper cell division, quicker healing of wounds and injuries, ammonia removal, healthy hormonal balance and a boosted immune system. Arginine also produces healthy nitric oxide, and stimulates the production of growth hormones. In the process, your skin and hair become strong, healthy and younger looking, and you enjoy a naturally healthy sex drive.
Medical Conditions Caused by a Lack of Arginine
As with any of the 43 essential nutrients your body needs, when you don’t have the proper level of arginine, you suffer. The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that 31% of men and 43% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction. That is just one symptom of low L-arginine levels. Some conditions caused by a lack of this required nutrient include:
- Male infertility
- Coronary diseases
- Decreased mental capacity in senior citizens
- Congestive heart failure
- Vascular disease
- Altitude sickness
- Poor blood flow
- Lower than normal sex drive
Arginine is also frequently prescribed and used as an over-the-counter treatment for:
- Migraine headaches, when combined with ibuprofen
- Treating breast cancer, when combined with traditional chemotherapy drugs
- Regulating a healthy weight in people with AIDS, in combination with other amino acids
- Speeding up the healing of wounds and reducing post-recovery time from surgery, when used with fish oil
- Increasing blood flow to diabetic hands and feet by applying directly to the skin
What Kinds of Foods Is Arginine Found In and What Quantities?
Now that you know how essential L-arginine is in the human body, how do you get it? What foods are rich in this versatile amino acid? Get more of the following foods into your diet and your belly, and you will benefit accordingly:
(There is no daily recommended allowance for argenine consumption in foods. Simply eat more of the foods listed below to ensure your body has plenty L-arginine on hand.)
- Meats – Chicken, pork loin, turkey, beef
- Seafood – Halibut, lobster, salmon, trout, tilapia, tuna, shrimp, crab, canned anchovies
- Plants – Sesame and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, soybeans, peanuts, wheat germ, quinoa, sweet green peppers, spirulina
- Dairy – Cheese, yogurt, milk
- Nutrient Dense Meals – Containing argenine and all 43 Essential Nutrients
Patrick Brian O’Neill
Health and Wellness Writer