L-Arginine for bodybuilding
L-Arginine and your fitness goals
L-Arginine (or Arginine as its also known) is a semi-essential amino acid, meaning that supplementation is not required in a healthy diet. It usually exists in sufficient levels in the human body but for athletes and bodybuilders who are looking to boost muscle mass and increase stamina, supplementation could really give them the advantage they are looking for.
It is naturally found in foods such as red meat, poultry, fish, peanuts and walnuts and dairy products. It can also be synthesised in a laboratory and made into supplements in the forms of capsules, tablets and powders.
How does L-Arginine work?
L-arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide makes the blood vessels open wider for improved blood flow. This allows a greater intake of nutrients and oxygen to your muscles, which in turn reduces the amount of muscle deterioration, helps speed up recovery and can help boost your endurance levels during physical effort.
L-Arginine also aids in fat metabolism, to help you achieve a lean muscle mass. It is also used in our bodies for ammonia detoxification, hormone secretion and boosting the immune system.
How much L-Arginine should I take and when?
The recommended dose is from 3 to 5 grams per day. It is preferable to consume L-Arginine 30 to 60 minutes before training and/or bedtime.
There are a few side effects to be noted when it comes to consuming L-Arginine- it can cause nausea, diarrhoea and weakness, so start off taking a low dose (as mentioned above) and see how your body responds. It not be consumed on a regular, continual basis. It is recommended to discontinue use after 2 months and have two month breaks in between consumption periods.
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