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Arginine, the immune system, babies and sperm

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005428

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Arginine is a conditionally nonessential amino acid, meaning most of the time it can be manufactured by the human body, and does not need to be obtained directly through the diet. The biosynthetic pathway however does not produce sufficient arginine, and some must still be consumed through diet. Arginine plays an important role in cell division, the healing of wounds, removing ammonia from the body, immune function, and the release of hormones

You should have no need to use pills, there are numerous very nice foods that contain arginine

  • Dairy products - cottage cheese, ricotta, milk, yogurt, whey protein drinks
  • Meat - beef, pork (e.g., bacon, ham), gelatin , poultry (e.g. chicken and turkey light meat)
  • Game - e.g. pheasant, quail
  • Fish – and seafood e.g., halibut, lobster, salmon, shrimp, tuna
  • Peanuts – and peanut products
  • Bran - wholegrains, wheat germ buckwheat etc
  • Nuts - coconut, pecans, cashews, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pinenuts
  • Seeds - pumpkin, sesame, sunflower
  • Beans – and peas especially chickpeas, cooked soybeans
  • Chocolate

A description of the experience

Amino Acids. 2009 May;37(1):153-68. doi: 10.1007/s00726-008-0210-y. Epub 2008 Nov 23.  Arginine metabolism and nutrition in growth, health and disease. Wu G, Bazer FW, Davis TA, Kim SW, Li P, Marc Rhoads J, Carey Satterfield M, Smith SB, Spencer TE, Yin Y. Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA. g-wu@tamu.edu

L-Arginine (Arg) is synthesised from glutamine, glutamate, and proline via the intestinal-renal axis in humans and most other mammals (including pigs, sheep and rats). Arg degradation occurs via multiple pathways that are initiated by arginase, nitric-oxide synthase, Arg:glycine amidinotransferase, and Arg decarboxylase. These pathways produce nitric oxide, polyamines, proline, glutamate, creatine, and agmatine with each having enormous biological importance. Arg is also required for the detoxification of ammonia, which is an extremely toxic substance for the central nervous system. There is compelling evidence that Arg regulates interorgan metabolism of energy substrates and the function of multiple organs. The results of both experimental and clinical studies indicate that Arg is a nutritionally essential amino acid (AA) for spermatogenesis, embryonic survival, fetal and neonatal growth, as well as maintenance of vascular tone and hemodynamics. Moreover, a growing body of evidence clearly indicates that ..Arg is beneficial in improving reproductive, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal, liver and immune functions, as well as facilitating wound healing, enhancing insulin sensitivity, and maintaining tissue integrity. Additionally, Arg or L-citrulline may provide ...effective therapies for obesity, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome. The effect of Arg in treating many developmental and health problems is unique among AAs, and offers great promise for improved health and wellbeing of humans and animals.

PMID: 19030957

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PubMed

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