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Why do we need arginine?

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Arginine, also known as L-arginine, is involved in a number of different functions in the body. They include:

As a natural dietary supplement, arginine has garnered particular attention for its possible heart benefits.

  • Wound healing
  • Helping the kidneys remove waste products from the body
  • Maintaining immune and hormone function
  • Dilating and relaxing the arteries

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."



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Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 23, 2017

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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