ARGININE: The Anabolic Amino Acid Superstar
Looking for a way to dramatically increase three essential anabolic factors fast? Many researchers believe Arginine may be the Superstar Amino Acid you’ve been searching for.
The Triple Threat
Factor 1: The Pump
Arginine is the immediate precursor to Nitric Oxide in the body. Nitric Oxide increases the width and size of blood vessels through vasodilation. This increases blood flow and thus a greater muscular “PUMP” is achieved with a side benefit of enhanced nutrient delivery. For obvious reasons, this has also been found to be helpful for normal sexual function and improving one’s sexual health.
Factor 2: Growth Hormone
Arginine can promote anabolism as it has the ability to signal muscle cells and release growth hormone. In fact, a study conducted on growth hormone’s response to supplemental arginine found that 5 to 9 grams of arginine resulted in a greater increase in growth hormone than the placebo group within 30 minutes of consumption and reached its peak within one hour.
Factor 3: Immune Bolstering
Training hard? Research has shown that intense workouts can act as a stressor on your body and compromise your immune system. Arginine has the ability to boost overall immune function when external factors, like working out, hamper it. Nothing puts the brakes on training like ending up sick.
Pre-Workout Arginine For Optimal Results
Arginine is a considered a semi-essential amino acid. What that means is that the body produces arginine normally, but sometimes the body needs more than is available and therefore needs to be supplemented. Food sources such as peanuts and almonds are natural sources of arginine, but for those wanting to pack on mass, these will not derive the amount required for optimal results.
If you look at the ingredients of any pre-workout supplement, arginine is sure to be one of the ingredients literally every formulation has in common. The unfortunate thing is that most of the pre-workout supplements out there don’t have research recommended amounts of arginine, and most pre-workout supplements hide their ingredients in what they call “proprietary blends”which makes it next to impossible to determine how much arginine you’re actually consuming.
Recommendations: Most research indicates to consume 6 to 9 grams of arginine a day for optimal results.
ALLMAX Nutrition offers a stand-alone arginine supplement as a part of our Essentials Line. Consistent with the entire ALLMAX line, the arginine is made from the purest and highest grade ingredients available. It’s a Japanese-Grade pure white crystalline powder produced in a pharmaceutical grade, and government inspected, facility.
Also see, MUSCLEPRIME and RAZOR8 for other sources of arginine.
Collier SR, Casey DP, Kanaley JA. (2005). Growth hormone responses to varying doses of oral Arginine. Growth Hormone & IGF Research,15, 136-139