Arginine base is a non-essential amino acid that is naturally produced by the body from the substance citrulline. It is mainly produced in the cells of our intestines and kidneys.
For some people, it is not necessary to take arginine supplements because our body produce it naturally. However, we need to take arginine supplement to recover from severe trauma, severe burns and sepsis. People who are poorly nourished need to supplement their diet with arginine.
Arginine is known to speed up healing of wounds, enhances the function of the immune system, removes ammonia and other toxins from the body. It has also believed to treat erectile dysfunction when combined with the natural sex-enhancing supplement, yohimbine.
It boosts our immune system by stimulating the release of white blood cells which is very important in protecting us from various illnesses.
Arginine is also important in the production of nitric oxide. It repairs damaged cells and worn-out tissues of the body, and keeps blood pressure levels low. It is important in the production of creatine used in bodybuilding.
Arginine is also used to treat hyperammonemia, a disease characterized by too much ammonia in the blood.
Foods that contain arginine include oatmeal, soybeans, various nuts, gelatin, beef, pork, chicken, seafoods, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt.