Improve your pumps with Arginine!

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Improve your pumps with Arginine!

Everyone who lift weights cannot help but admit that getting a ‘pump’ in the gym is part of the reason they are in the gym in the first place. There are actually a variety of legal supplements you can take to get a ‘sick pump’ and here is one of the more potent ones.

Arginine, sometimes referred to as L-arginine, is an essential amino acid that plays a role in creating creatine and most importantly Nitric Oxide (NO). It is through NO that it performs the functions you require of it. It has significant vasodilatory properties which is mediated by the NO. Vasodilation is the relaxation of vessels and this is what aids with driving blood into the muscle and makes veins look larger. This helps with the ‘pump.’

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Arginine has been used to treat a variety of conditions and has multiple other effects (besides getting a ‘pump’). It improves vasodilation, erectile dysfunction, increase protein synthesis, it aids in growth hormone secretion, strengthens the immune system, and prevents breakdown of body molecules. It was found at dose of 200mg to 500mg per kg a day in healthy subjects resulted in improved collagen synthesis, stimulated cell repair, stimulating the immune system’s cells, decrease platelets (clotting) and increased growth hormone (although further studies on this effect had mixed results). Further studies have found beneficial effects when used in high doses (>6g a day) in mild to moderate heart disease.

Studies on its ability to aid in exercise performance are limited, however, mechanistically it should be able to improve endurance and aerobic ability.

Here is how to use Arginine for its various purposes:
Erectile Dysfunction: >5 g/d; take it 30 to 60 minutes before sexual intercourse and on an empty stomach.
Exercise Recovery: -8 g/d (After a workout).
Endurance Performance: 8-21 g/d (Before exercise).

This is everything you need to know about Arginine.

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