L-Arginine is an important amino acid that is needed by the body and once it is ingested, the body converts it into protein. It is found in red meat, fish, poultry and dairy products. A synthesized version is also produced in a laboratory.
Is L-Arginine Used In Medicine?
Yes, absolutely. Its healing powers have been established since a long time and it is widely used in many medicines used to treat different diseases. It is one important amino acid that is prescribed for patients who are suffering from the following medical conditions:
- Heart disease
- Chest pain
- Blocked arteries (which lead to leg pain)
- Decreased mental faculties in the elderly
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Women’s sexual problems
Other medicinal uses include improving kidney functioning after a transplant, enhancing athletic performance, improving immune system and a few others.
L-arginine is widely used in prescription drugs and OTC medicines. It is also found in creams that are used to heal wounds, and in creams that better sexual activity.
How Does L-Arginine Help In Penis Enhancement?
Post-digestion, L-arginine gets converted into a chemical, nitric oxide. Nitric oxide moves swiftly in the body and dilates the blood vessels leading to improved blood flow to the organs, including the penis. Improved nitric oxide levels also relax the smooth muscle, which again benefits the sexual organs.
The penis is controlled by the Central Nervous System (CNS) and an erection is triggered when blood flows into the penis. The Corpora Cavernosa is a sponge-like region in the penis, and it is this region that receives and holds the blood during the erection.
Now, when the Corpora Cavernosa receives an enhanced flow of blood, the erection becomes stronger, and the erection looks bigger and thicker too because of the extra blood.
Over a period of time, the penis improves its blood-retaining capacity and erections last for a longer period of time. This is why L-arginine plays such a huge role in the penis enhancement industry.
It is used as a standalone supplement, and also in pills and patches mixed with other sexual activity-enhancing nutrients, antioxidants and herbal extracts.
Is L-arginine safe to take?
Generally, this is a safe supplement. However, its use can cause side-effects like pain in the abdomen, bloating of the stomach, allergies, asthma aggravation, low blood pressure, and a few other nasties – only in patients who are already suffering from medical conditions.
The following people should not use L-arginine:
- Pregnant women and women who are breast-feeding.
- People impacted by allergies or asthma.
- People who drink a lot of alcohol, and especially people who are affected by liver cirrhosis.
- People who have recently suffered a heart attack.
- Both low and high blood pressure patients
- People who have to go under the knife (surgery) in the next 2 weeks.
L-arginine interacts with anti-hypertensive drugs and reduces their effectiveness because it decreases blood pressure.
The amino acid also interacts with medications that increase the flow of blood to the heart because it too increases the flow of blood to the organs. An extra rush of blood can cause dizziness.
It interacts with Viagra as well because both Sildenafil (in Viagra) and L-arginine reduce the blood pressure. Their combination can dangerously lower the blood pressure.
The dosage varies depends on the medical condition. For people suffering from congestive heart failure, the recommended dosage is 6-20 grams/day; 9-18 grams for people suffering from angina; 5 grams per day for people suffering from ED (Erectile Dysfunction); and other dosages as may be applicable.
It can be safe to say that healthy people who want to take this amino acid for penis enhancement purposes can take about 5-20 grams per day without fear of side effects.
This is what you should know about L-arginine.