ORNITHINE Overview Information
Ornithine is a chemical called an amino acid. It is made in the body. It can also be made in a laboratory. People use it as a medicine.
Ornithine is used for improving athletic performance, reducing glutamine poisoning in the treatment of a brain condition due to liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy), and for wound healing.
Don’t confuse ornithine with ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG).
How does it work?
It's not known how ornithine might work for medical uses.
Possibly Ineffective for:
- Improving athletic performance.
- Brain complications of liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy). Preliminary clinical research suggests an L-ornithine-L-aspartate infusion might reduce the harmful effects of glutamine in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy.
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
The appropriate dose of ornithine depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ornithine. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.