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|2 to 3 grams three times per day||[2 stars] In one study, taking arginine improved the ability of angina sufferers to exercise. Detailed studies have proven that arginine works by stimulating blood vessel dilation.|
Congestive Heart Failure
|5.6 to 15 grams per day with a doctor's supervision||[2 stars] The body needs arginine to make nitric oxide, which increases blood flow. This process is impaired in people with CHF. It also has been shown to improve kidney function in people with CHF.|
|1,670 to 2,800 mg daily||[2 stars] Blood vessels need arginine to dilate and form an erection. Supplementing with arginine has been shown to help men with erectile dysfunction in some studies.|
HIV and AIDS Support and Preservation of Lean Body Mass
|1.5 grams of HMB, 7 grams of L-glutamine, and 7 grams of L-arginine twice per day||[2 stars] The combination of glutamine, arginine, and HMB may prevent loss of lean body mass in people with AIDS-associated wasting.|
|4 grams daily||[2 stars] The amino acid arginine is needed to produce sperm. Research shows that a few months of L-arginine supplementation increases sperm count, quality, and fertility.|
Pre- and Post-Surgery Health
|12.5 to 18.75 grams daily before and after surgery||[2 stars] The amino acid arginine has a role in immune function, infection prevention, and tissue repair after injury, including surgery.|
Sickle Cell Anaemia and Pulmonary Hypertension
|100 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight, three times per day||as L-Arginine[2 stars] People with pulmonary hypertension (a life-threatening complication of sickle cell anaemia) who received L-arginine had significant improvement in one study.|
Athletic Performance and Body Composition and Strength
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] At very high intakes, the amino acid arginine has increased growth hormone levels, which stimulate muscle growth. Trials combining weight training with arginine and ornithine showed decreases in body fat and increases in total strength and lean body mass.|
Female Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Supplementing with L-arginine has been shown to improve fertility in women with a history of failed attempts at in vitro fertilization.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] The amino acid arginine may both protect the stomach and increase its blood flow.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] The amino acid arginine is needed by the body to make nitric oxide, a substance that allows blood vessels to dilate, thus reducing blood pressure. Arginine given orally and intravenously has been reported to help reduce blood pressure.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Arginine appears to improve wound healing by increasing protein synthesis.|
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