Nu­tri­ents to boost heart health

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul - Wellness -

L-CITRULLINE and L-argi­nine are among the most metabol­i­cally ver­sa­tile amino acids that make up pro­tein.

They have been re­searched for the role in help­ing to treat and pre­vent con­di­tions such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, mus­cu­lar ac­tiv­ity and brain health.

The in­ter­est in L-citrulline and L-argi­nine is fo­cused mainly on its close re­la­tion­ship with ni­tric ox­ide – an im­por­tant cel­lu­lar sig­nalling mol­e­cule in­volved in many phys­i­o­log­i­cal and patho­log­i­cal pro­cesses.

How­ever, ni­tric ox­ide level de­clines with age, poor habits of un­healthy nutri­tion and seden­tary life­style.

You can sup­ple­ment your healthy life­style by con­sum­ing foods and nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments that are sci­en­tif­i­cally known to in­crease ni­tric ox­ide level such as amino acids L-citrulline and L-argi­nine.

Car­dio­vas­cu­lar health L-citrulline and L-argi­nine are raw ma­te­ri­als your body needs to pro­duce ni­tric ox­ide. They help in va­sodi­la­tion, or widen­ing of the blood ves­sels, and an in­crease in blood flow and cir­cu­la­tion, thus re­duc­ing high blood pres­sure.

Both amino acids also help the blood ves­sels main­tain flex­i­bil­ity and in­crease the body’s abil­ity to re­gain con­trol of cir­cu­la­tion for an un­re­stricted blood flow.

Ad­di­tion­ally, they may break down plaque build-up and pre­vent blood clots from form­ing.

They also seem to de­crease symp­toms and im­prove ex­er­cise tol­er­ance and qual­ity of life in peo­ple with angina (chest pain).

Mus­cu­lar ac­tiv­ity

L-citrulline and L-argi­nine in­crease ni­tric ox­ide level that re­laxes the blood ves­sels, al­low­ing them to widen or di­late.

Di­lated blood ves­sels pro­mote greater blood flow – which in turn car­ries more oxy­gen and nu­tri­ents – to tis­sues such as mus­cle fi­bres.

These amino acids also en­hance the re­moval of am­mo­nia and lac­tate from the blood, which pro­motes ex­er­cise en­durance and re­duces fa­tigue.

This leads to a faster re­cov­ery be­tween sets and greater mus­cle en­durance.

Brain health

The pro­duc­tion of ni­tric ox­ide from L-citrulline and L-argi­nine has been linked to mem­ory func­tion and learn­ing be­hav­iour.

Study shows that both amino acids might play a prom­i­nent role in pre­vent­ing age-re­lated de­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases such as Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

Other health ben­e­fits L-citrulline and L-argi­nine have also been demon­strated to im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion, wound heal­ing, di­ges­tive tract, in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity as well as im­mune and re­nal func­tions.

Sci­en­tific study has proven the com­bi­na­tion of L-citrulline and L-argi­nine sup­ple­men­ta­tion in­creases blood lev­els of ni­tric ox­ide more ef­fec­tively than sup­ple­men­ta­tion of L-argi­nine alone.

Over­all, in­creas­ing L-citrulline and L-argi­nine in your body has been shown to of­fer sig­nif­i­cant health ben­e­fits.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Herbs of Gold. For en­quiries, call 1800 183 288.

In­creas­ing L-citrulline and L-argi­nine in your body has been shown to of­fer sig­nif­i­cant health ben­e­fits.

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