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What are heart benefits of arginine?

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In the body, the amino acid arginine changes into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a powerful neurotransmitter that helps blood vessels relax and also improves circulation. Some evidence shows that arginine may help improve blood flow in the arteries of the heart. That may improve symptoms of clogged arteries, chest pain or angina, and coronary artery disease. However, there currently is no data on how the long-term use of arginine affects cholesterol or heart health.

SOURCES: Natural Standard: "Arginine (L-arginine)." The American Heart Association: "Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics -- 2015 Update." Schulman. S, et al. , January 2006. Natural Medicines Natural Database: "L-Arginine Monograph."



The Journal of the American Medical Association

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SOURCES: Natural Standard: "Arginine (L-arginine)." The American Heart Association: "Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics -- 2015 Update." Schulman. S, et al. , January 2006. Natural Medicines Natural Database: "L-Arginine Monograph."



The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 23, 2017

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