Arginine

Amino Acids in Therapy Amino Revolution

Arginine is an amino acid.

The molecular formula of arginine is C6H14N4O2

Amino acids generally are explained further in the column on the rightin further detail below. Briefly, there are two types of amino acid:

  1. Those that can be synthesized by the body itself (non-essential amino acids), and
  2. those that, although necessary for the healthy growth or maintenance of the body, cannot be produced by the body itself.
    This second type of amino acids are called essential amino acids, and are also referred to as indispensible amino acids in some textbooks.

Arginine is a "non-essential" or "dispensible" amino acid because, although its presence in an appropriate quantity is important for good health, the human body can produce this chemical from an excess of certain other amino acids in the body. Therefore it is not essential as a part of the diet.

Arginine is important for:

  • the healthy functioning of the kidneys
  • for regulating blood pressure, which is because it is used by the body to make nitric oxide, a substance that relaxes blood vessels
  • for male sexual function
  • for its roles in cell division
  • healing wounds, and
  • other physiological processes.

Textbooks about Amino Acids and Biochemistry:

Amino Acids in Therapy Amino Acids Biochemistry and Nutrition Amino Revolution Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices

For further information about amino acids in general, see Amino Acids.

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