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The miracle molecule L-Arginine – How it can save your life

L-Arginine History

ArginineL-Arginine was discovered back in 1886. It reportedly came from the extract of a lowly bean. Arginine is an amino acid that can be made in the human body, otherwise known as a non-essential amino acid. A non-essential amino acid is called “non-essential” because it is one that can be made by the human body and so is not essential to the human diet. There are 11 nonessential amino acids: arginine, alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine. There are also essential amino acids. These are amino acids that cannot be made by the body. As a result, they must come from food.

 

Arginine is commonly found in many protein-rich foods. A few arginine-rich foods include steak, turkey, chicken, pork, pumpkin seeds and soy products. In researching this article I also found out on www.nutritiondata.self.com, that sea lion is incredibly high in arginine, but unless your an Eskimo, I doubt that’s an actual menu choice. The average American diet contains somewhere around 3 to 5 grams of arginine a day.

Recent History

L-Arginine has become wildly popular over the past few years due to its ability to create nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator. A vasodilator is anything that opens up or widens your blood vessels. Evidence suggests that arginine may help treat medical conditions that improve with increased vasodilation.

A list of conditions benefited includes atherosclerosis ( clogged arteries ), chest pain, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, and possibly migraines of certain types. Let’s break a few of these down one by one.

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries. It quietly and slowly blocks arteries, putting circulation at risk. A substance that can open hardened arteries then has an obvious usefulness in it’s treatment.

Chest Pain ( Angina )

A study found here determined that:

“the administration of L-arginine was shown to control ischemic injury by producing nitric oxide which dilates the vessels and thus maintains proper blood flow to the myocardium”

Translation? By opening up the arteries it reduces pain in those who suffer from angina.

Erectile Dysfunction

Besides being the most annoying subject line you can see in an email, erectile dysfunction is a real problem. How does arginine help fight this common problem? Again another study found here puts it this way:

“Penile erection requires the relaxation of the cavernous smooth muscle, which is triggered by nitric oxide (NO). We investigated the possibility of overcoming erectile dysfunction (ED) by increasing the amounts of endogenous NO”

The study concluded … “that oral administration of L-arginine in combination with Pycnogenol causes a significant improvement in sexual function in men with ED without any side effects”. We’ll cover Pycnogenol a little later.
Some people with HIV have also been reported to be using it to help gain or maintain weight.  It has also been used to reduce kidney inflammation. To write a list of all the benefits would be truly exhausting. Arginine is a substance that seems to work well by itself. Combine it with other substances, however, and the list of things it can be used to treat explodes exponentially.

Arginine Studies

There are tons of studies on arginine. Some were good studies, some were bad. The preponderance of the studies shows that arginine is safe and at a minimum a heart-healthy supplement. A few of the not so good studies purport to show that arginine by itself is not effective at boosting nitric oxide levels in healthy adults. Here are a few things to keep in mind about these studies. Firstly, these studies have been performed mostly on healthy adults. It’s important to note that during periods of illness and chronic conditions like hypertension and type II diabetes, the enzyme that degrades L-arginine (known as arginase) increases and this results in an arginine deficiency. So in other words, if your a healthy young athlete who eats plenty of protein and eggs and who has no heart issues, you may not benefit that much from arginine. If you have heart disease? Absolutely you will benefit.

The need to Combine

Any arginine supplementation regime you use to boost nitric oxide should also have L-Citrulline.
Cells in the lining of the gut, as well as arginase, work together to reduce the bio-available amount of arginine that can enter into your bloodstream. This is one reason citrulline is so important. In the body, it is converted into arginine in the kidneys. When citrulline enters the kidneys, it is readily converted to arginine, thereby raising plasma and tissue levels of arginine and enhancing nitric oxide amounts. It bypasses many of the “hurdles” arginine must pass before being released into the bloodstream. It also has a much better rate of absorption. Citrulline increases levels of arginine in the blood more effectively than arginine itself. It has been researched that to get the longest production of nitric oxide it is best to have a 2:1 ratio of arginine to citrulline. A dosage of 2000mg of arginine with 1000mg of citrulline is seen as a potent and effective mixture. If you plan on using an arginine supplement, make sure it has at a minimum both arginine and citrulline.

Does it really work?

On the Mayo clinic website, they have a simple grading system they use to verify or refute purported evidence of vitamins, supplements, and other novel substances. Here is it in full…

A Strong scientific evidence for this use
B Good scientific evidence for this use
C Unclear scientific evidence for this use
D Fair scientific evidence against this use (it may not work)
F Strong scientific evidence against this use (it likely does not work)

What is arginine’s raking with the mayo clinic in regards to heart related problems?
Here are their exact words…

Grade:B
Good scientific evidence for this use
Heart disease There is good scientific evidence that dietary supplementation with L-arginine may help people with coronary artery disease, angina, or clogged arteries, due to its effects on blood vessels. Larger, longer-term studies are needed to confirm these initial positive effects.
Grade:B
Good scientific evidence for this use
Heart failure Arginine has been studied in people with heart failure. Longer-term studies are required to confirm the clinical benefit of L-arginine supplementation in people with heart disease.
Grade:B
Good scientific evidence for this use
Peripheral vascular disease/claudication Peripheral vascular disease, also known as intermittent claudication, is a narrowing of blood vessels in the legs and feet caused by fatty deposits. This condition causes decreased blood flow to the legs and feet, resulting in leg pain and tiredness. A small number of studies report that arginine therapy may improve walking distance in people with claudication. Further research is needed.

How much is needed?

Arginine and Arginine mixed with citrulline can be taken as much as twice a day. When taking arginine alone, a tolerance can be developed so you may occasionally need to up the dose. This should be done slowly as at higher dosages it can cause some to have stomach issues. Taking it twice a day, with the second dosage being taken before bed, offers an added benefit of increasing growth hormone release at night. Unless you have a pituitary disease, having high natural levels of growth hormone is massively beneficial both to fighting aging and you’re overall cardiovascular health. A good starting dosage would be 2000MG of arginine and 1000 of citrulline. Evidence suggests that around 12 Grams is the maximum you can take without serious stomach issues.

Arginine, exercise and life extension

Arginine has come in and out of fashion in the bodybuilding world several times over the years. It was first popularized in the late 1980’s due to a life extension book heavily promoting it. Besides being touted as a vasodilator, it has also been theorized that taking it pre-workout can increase growth hormone secretion. Why do bodybuilders want more growth hormone? Why would you want more? Growth hormone repairs hard-to-heal connective tissue and is used by athletes to heal stubborn injuries like knee problems. It also has effects on the muscles and skin that are anti-aging in nature such as increasing elasticity and volume. An interesting point to note here is that the human body does not stop producing growth hormone with age. It actually produces more growth hormone interrupting chemicals that mask it or slow it down as you age, thereby slowing it’s release into the body. It’s believed that arginine can or may be able to block those interruptive signals.
While arginine’s effects as a vasodilator have been proven true, it’s usefulness in stimulating growth hormone are dependent on when and how you take it. For arginine to work as a growth hormone releaser, the body has to be in the right state for growth hormone release to occur. Growth hormone will is released in the body in more significant amounts when the following conditions are met:
1. Low blood glucose levels
2. Low fatty acids in the blood
3. There can be no other amino acids ( besides citrulline ) to compete with arginine in your system at time of ingestion

Recent studies show that taking arginine just before a workout decreases the amount of growth hormone released during the exercise session! So take it just before a workout is not recommended. There are then, two optimal times to take arginine. One way, if you work out in the morning, would be to take it with some carbohydrates, two and a half hours before your workout. The other way would be to take it at night on an empty stomach or again with some carbs. You could, of course, do both.
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Personal Experiences Treating Atrial Fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure

Atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure are serious medical conditions. Many people when diagnosed with the later especially, simply throw in the towel and accept the grim medical prognosis. A growing number of informed patients however, have done their homework and realized there is much that can be done to stay or reverse the situation altogether.

Would you like to hear their stories? We recently asked some regular L-Arginine and L-Citrulline users to write us and tell us about their experiences. The product they were using is called M3, it contains L-Arginine, L-Citrulline and a few other nitric oxide boosting agents.

 

 

M3 Miracle Molecule MaxL-Arginine and L-Citrulline are both amino acids that boost the level of nitric oxide in the blood. The discovery of this effect was worth no less than a nobel prize many years ago, but you wont see it touted in the media. Nitric oxide’s main beneficial effect for heart problems is it’s ability to open up clogged arteries

What patients and users are saying – atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure kept in check

 

K.P., In South Carolina told us …

“My husband has had heart issues since he was 23 years old. He is now 62. A few years ago, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation. He has been using M3 the past 3 plus years. Initially he noticed that when he took the product it helped tremendously reduce the excess water he was retaining. His doctors at thought he had a blood clot and blockages several years ago. Ever since he has been taking M3 his tests are clear! The doctors have documented in his medical charts that he is using M3. They have told him to keep taking it and are amazed that he has done as well as he has!”

 

A.S., Pennsylvania wrote …

“I am 82 years old and work out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and want to stay in shape… and out of the nursing home! I take a dose of M3 before I work out and can tell a difference in my strength and endurance. My doctors are just amazed at how well I am doing. Oh, and by the way… you can still see some of my abs!”

 

D.B., Ohio relates …

“My husband’s heart condition is from his 76-year- old heart not being able to expel enough blood every time it pumps. He gets heart pains regularly as a result. The other day he was lifting heavy bags of trash and had some terribly sharp chest pains. I decided to put the M3 to the test! I mixed him up a serving and had him drink it immediately. Within a few seconds the pains were gone! I am encouraged and will continue to make sure he takes his M3 regularly.”

 

If your suffering from atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, taking a nitric oxide boosting agent can literally save your life. If you want more information on the mechanisms of action of these nutrients there is a more in depth article here.

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When should I take fish oil? – Timing is important

If you have recently wondered “when should I take fish oil”, you are among a special few who has asked the right question! Timing with some supplements is everything. If you want to know when you should take fish oil, and yes there is a definite when, read on.

Fish oil is is incredibly beneficial. With touted ( and proven ) benefits like helping aid fat loss, muscle gain, and a myriad of cardiovascular effects, it’s become the go to supplement for many.

Going in to the whys and hows of fish oil is beyond the scope of what I want to discuss today. In this article we will be talking about when. When should I take fish oil?

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Why are you taking Fish Oil?

I am going to go out on a limb here and make a wild assumption about you the reader. I am going to assume that you want one of two things out of taking fish oil. To better your overall health or increase athletic performance. While fish oil supplementation will greatly aid both of those goals, there is another, endogenous substance ( a substance made in your body ) that can also be of great help. Human Growth Hormone.

Human Grown Hormone ( HGH )

Human Growth Hormone repairs tissue. It’s often used and abused by athletes to heal injuries and by bodybuilders to grow new muscle. Unlike steroids that cause existing muscles to get bigger, HGH ( Human Growth Hormone ) causes growth of new muscle tissue altogether. This is called hyperplasia.

How does HGH benefit your health?
There is clear reduction in the secretion of growth hormone in people starting in the 30’s and 40’s. This reduction in HGH secretion is important because HGH stimulates myocytes ( the heart muscle cells ).This stimulation of the hearts muscle cells causes an increase in heart muscle strength. To put it plainly, your heart weakens as you age. This weakening is due in part to less growth hormone being released.
What is interesting about HGH is that your body’s supply does not diminish as you age. It is still produced in the pituitary gland. What happens however, is that as you age, your body produces other interfering hormones and substances that prevent it from being utilized.
HGH also plays a role in stimulating nitric oxide, which in turn causes increased blood flow. For those suffering from heart disease this means less chest pain ( angina ) and more energy. It also means a longer life. For athletes, higher levels of nitric oxide translates to more endurance and a greater pump for bodybuilders. Scientifically speaking, HGH is a powerful cardiovascular neuromodulator.

Fish Oil and HGH

HGH is typically released in greater amounts during your sleep. Your body also likes to have a certain environment in order for the HGH to be released and utilized. One of the factors that fights against HGH in the body is blood lipids ( fat’s in the blood ).
Fish oil, as should be no surprise, is composed of fats, EFAs to be exact.

When should I take fish oil

This little informational gem leads us to one easy recommendation. Don’t take fish oil at night. Take it for breakfast and lunch and if need be, no later than 4PM. You should in fact not be eating fatty foods after 5PM as well if you wish to increase your HGH secretion and utilization. HGH also does not like high insulin levels. Eating anything high in sugar ( > 120 Grams ) before going to bed will also fight against HGH utilization.
Fish oil is a great tool in your personal health arsenal. It’s important to know how and when to use it and why. Eating the right foods at the right time can really boost the effects of fish oil and save you money in the end!

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Immune-Boosting Roasted Pepper Soup Recipe

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Recipe From Margaret LaValley

 

Nothing beats sipping warm soup when it’s cold outside. Soup has been part of people’s diets since the early ages, and it’s generally considered a staple comfort food when you’re not feeling well. But you don’t need to be “under the weather” to enjoy a good bowl of soup. In fact, this healthy soup recipe may even help you avoid getting sick in the first place.

 

Mercola.com reader Margaret LaValley shares her delicious and hearty Roasted Pepper Soup recipe. It not only sits high on the flavor scale, but it also gives you a variety of nutrients so you can feel healthy and happily full.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

 

Ingredients:

3 to 5 organic red bell peppers

1 organic red onion

1 ½ lbs. ripe organic tomatoes or 3 lbs. of organic cherry tomatoes

8 organic garlic cloves

1 to 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

3 to 4 Tbsp. coconut oil or avocado oil

6 to 10 fresh organic basil leaves, or more to taste

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

 

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Quarter the peppers and remove the seeds.
  3. Halve the tomatoes (if using cherry tomatoes, keep them whole) and roughly chop the onion.
  4. Put all the vegetables, including the garlic and basil, in a baking dish.
  5. Mix balsamic and oil and pour over the vegetables, making sure everything is well coated.
  6. Roast the vegetables in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes turning occasionally.
  7. When vegetables have softened, put in a blender. Blend until liquefied.
  8. Place in a pot and reheat on the stovetop.
  9. Add black pepper to taste.

 

Tip: If you find the consistency too thick, you can thin it down with homemade chicken or vegetable broth, or just filtered water.

 

Why You Should Love Bell Peppers

 

The soup’s main component is red bell pepper, which also goes by the name capsicum and sweet pepper. Bell pepper comes from the Solanaceae family, the same as tomatoes and the potato. It’s technically a fruit, but is eaten as a vegetable.

 

Bell peppers come in different shapes and colors, varying from green, yellow and red. Green bell peppers are unripe and usually develop a yellow or orange color through maturation, which then develops a red hue. Red bell peppers are “fully ripened,” and have the sweetest taste compared to the green, yellow or orange bell peppers. Because these bell peppers are the most mature of the bunch, they have a higher concentration of nutrients and minerals.

 

Red bell pepper contains antioxidants and vitamins, which makes it a great addition to your diet. It’s low in calories as well, with only 31 calories per 100 grams, and has an extremely low fat content. Bell peppers can also help in the maintenance of your body’s functions and also help in the prevention of certain diseases. Here are a few more examples on how red bell peppers can benefit your health:

 

Helps maintain eye health

Powers up the immune system

Slows down signs of aging

Prevents anemia

Reduces bad cholesterol

Increases metabolic rate

 

The Benefits of Eating a Tomato-Rich Diet

 

Another major ingredient in this soup recipe is tomato. Tomatoes are actually the most popular “fruit” in the United States, with more than 60 million tons produced annually. One of the reasons why this fruit is popular is because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Tomato contains high amounts of vitamins A and C and fiber. It is also cholesterol free and has very low caloric content. Some of the health benefits of adding tomatoes to your diet include the following:

 

  • Supports Bone HealthTomatoes contain a high amount of vitamin K and calcium, which helps strengthen and repair your bones and bone tissues.
  • Controls Heart Rate and Blood PressureThe potassium in tomatoes serves as a vasodilator, and is responsible for reducing the tension in blood vessels.[iv]
  • Assists the Immune SystemIn a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was observed that people who ate a tomato-rich diet sustained 38 percent less damage to their white blood cells. Tomatoes also contain high amounts of lycopene and antioxidants, which help the immune system deal with free radicals that damage and destabilize your cells.[v]
  • Helps Repair Lung Damage From SmokingTomatoes contain coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, which protect the body from carcinogens brought on by cigarette smoking. The high amount of vitamin A also shows an effect on the countering of carcinogens and the development of cancer cells in the lungs.[vi]
  • Maintains Digestive Health

Tomatoes are high in fiber, which helps the digestive system efficiently digest the food you eat. It also helps regulate digestion, thus helping prevent diarrhea and constipation.[vii]

 

Tomatoes also contain high amounts of lycopene, a carotenoid that lends it its distinct red color. Lycopene is found in other foods, like watermelon, as well. It is said to be far more powerful than beta-carotene and alpha-carotene carotenoids. One study, which focused on the effect of lycopene on stroke risk, revealed that people who had a higher lycopene level in their blood had 55 percent less stroke risk. Lycopene is also shown to have anti-cancer properties because of its antioxidant properties.[viii]

 

A note when buying tomatoes: Be sure to choose organic varieties. Tomato is actually one of the first genetically modified fruits, as it was specifically engineered to have a longer shelf life. Most of the tomatoes sold in the market nowadays are also treated with ethylene to speed up the process of ripening.[ix] This might seem harmless, but ethylene actually has a far greater negative effect on the taste and texture of the fruit, as well as the health of consumers.

 

The next time you crave a hot and comforting home cooked dish, try this roasted red pepper soup. Not only does it offer a different take on the traditional taste of soup, but it also gives you your much needed dose of vitamins and antioxidants.

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