What is Arginine?
So you’ve seen Arginine on your supplement panel and it seems to be important, but why? All the great supplements contain it, but do you know what benefits it has? We do. And we’re sharing. Because sharing is caring. Let’s review.
Arginine Improves Circulation
Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that is involved in a lot of metabolic processes. Central to its benefits is that it improves circulation. An additional benefit is that it improves fat burning.
Arginine converts to nitric oxide (NO) which then improves circulation and oxygen supply.
NO relaxes the walls of the blood vessels, causes arteries to be more elastic and enhances circulation. Enhanced circulation equates to pump during training. Errybody loves a lil pump. No, scratch that, everybody loves a lot of pump. It’s what makes us look in the mirror while working out, sometimes even snap that selfie we hashtag up with some ego boosting buzz words. Yep.
While we have increased blood flow, it may be making our heads metaphorically bigger, but also our muscles. Increased blood flow delivers oxygen to the muscles and organs in the body which improves endurance and stamina, and improved endurance equals more gym time and more muscles.
But Wait-There’s More….Arginine Can Stimulate Hair Growth
In addition to increased blood flow, pump and endurance, it also promotes hair growth. So, for those of you with thinning hair, or a hairline making a beeline to your behind…arginine is your friend. Thanks to arginine converting to NO, the potassium channels are opened up which improves overall circulation, including to your hair follicles, and can help stimulate that hair growth.
Arginine Boosts Collagen Production, Whaat?
So, while we’re chatting about hairlines, let’s talk about a word in a lot of women’s vocab wardrobe: collagen. It can reduce the look of wrinkles, plump up lean areas of the face, and it also is a vital contributor to cartilage and bone. So, while it’s stimulating hair growth, it can also stimulate collagen production impacting looks and bones. We like you, arginine.
Arginine Can Reduce Insulin Resistance
Arginine is also known to reduce insulin resistance and boost glucose tolerance. Aside from weight maintenance, it can help those suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Arginine’s Added Perks as an Amino Acid
Since Arginine is an amino acid, it also brings with it amino perks like protein building, muscle building, sleep enhancing and detoxification.
So, there you have it. Now you know why good preworkout and intraworkout supplements contain arginine. From vasodilation to hair and bone health, it’s a great addition to the supplements you’ll take to improve your training results both inside and out.