L-Arginine is an amino acid used as supplement form and obtained naturally in the diet. It appears as a white crystalline powder, and is necessary for the production of protein. It can also help rid the body of ammonia (a waste product) and stimulate the release of insulin. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is L-Arginine?
L-Arginine is one of the most common 20 naturally occurring amino acids. It is synthesized from citrulline by cytosolic enzymes and argininosuccinate lyase. It plays an imperative role in immune function, cell division, the healing of wounds and the release of hormones. L-Arginine has a loss on drying of not more than .5% with a heavy metal density of no more than .0015%. L-Arginine is found in a wide variety of plant and animal products, including meat, seafood, dairy products, wheat germ, nuts and soybeans, and is known to have cardiovascular benefits. L-Arginine is alkaline and has a bitter taste. It also helps neutralize acid nutrients such as ascorbic acid, niacin, pyroglutamic acid, and OKG.
Possible Side Effects of L-Arginine
Although L-Arginine generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may:
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. L-Arginine is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to L-Arginine populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake L-Arginine.
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