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Arginine plays an important role in cell division, the healing of wounds,
removing ammonia from the body, immune function, and the release
of hormones. Arginine taken in combination with
proanthocyanidins or yohimbine, has also been used as
a treatment for erectile dysfunction.
of L-arginine include:
Reduces healing time of injuries (particularly bone)
Quickens repair time of damaged tissue
Helps decrease blood pressure
charge distribution and ability to form multiple H-bonds make arginine
ideal for binding negatively charged groups. For this reason, arginine
prefers to be on the outside of the proteins where it can interact
with the polar environment.
by PAD enzymes. In addition, arginine can be methylated by
agmatine; is necessary for the synthesis of creatine; and can also
be used for the synthesis of polyamines (mainly through ornithine
and to a lesser degree through agmatine), citrulline, and glutamate.
As a precursor of nitric oxide, arginine may have a role in the treatment
of some conditions where vasodilation is required. The presence
of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), a close relative, inhibits
the nitric oxide reaction; therefore, ADMA is considered a marker
for vascular disease, just as L-arginine is considered a sign of a
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