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L-Arginine's Promising Anti-Diabetic Effects

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:42:15 AM America/Chicago

 

According to a recent article from Science Daily, new research conducted at the University of Copenhagen shows that the amino acid arginine provides many health benefits for those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes by helping to stabilize glucose in the body.

 

The body not using insulin properly causes type 2 Diabetes, which affects 90% of diabetics. At first, the pancreas makes extra insulin to compensate for what the body cannot produce, but over time can’t produce enough insulin to regulate glucose levels. (http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/)

 

The research has been conducted in labs using both lean (insulin sensitive) and obese (insulin resistant) mice. People suffering from Type 2 Diabetes are insulin resistant. The mice were subjected to the amino acid arginine and then monitored by a glucose tolerance test. The test is responsible for measuring the body’s ability to remove glucose from the blood over a period. 

 

The results of the research are as such, in both groups of mice (lean and obese) there was a 40% improvement in glucose metabolism management. It was also shown that the production of the hormone GLP-1, a glucagon-like peptide-1, was increased. This intestinal hormone’s job is to regulate appetite and glucose metabolism. This hormone is used in the drugs that treat Type 2 Diabetes.

 

This research is paving a new road for those suffering with Diabetes. Although this research does not suggest we can now “cure” diabetes, it essentially shows that with arginine-infused dietary supplements and arginine based-foods, we can see the effect on how well our bodies process the foods we eat.

 

For additional information regarding this study and its findings, read the full article titled “Amino Acid With Promising Anti-Diabetic Effects” here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/0/130909121954.htm

 

 

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L-Arginine Truths: Six Myths Answered

Friday, July 26, 2013 8:20:10 AM America/Chicago

 

Have you ever wondered the truth about health supplements? A mix of information about supplements was misunderstood or passed down incorrectly over time, leaving us with a few myths. Myths are untrue facts that many believe to be true, solely because so many people believe them.

 

Here are the true answers to common questions and warnings about health supplements.

 

  • Supplements that promote muscle growth are steroids

False. Many muscle-boosting supplements produce Creatine, which is not like a steroid; your body produces it naturally. Steroids are strong drugs that increase testosterone levels to enhance performance. When taken in excess, steroids are very dangerous and addicting.

  • You cannot gain muscle while you burn fat

False. Dieting and supplementing that diet with L-arginine promotes muscle growth, using Creatine. This helps muscle build while you burn fat.

  • You can get the same amino acids by eating certain foods

Conditional. You could, but you’d have to eat food in portions 3 or 4 times the average size. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you have to.

  • Erectile Dysfunction is a natural part of a man’s anatomy as he ages

False. Many men live full, long lives without experiencing erectile dysfunction. Supplements like L-arginine exist to promote healthy blood flow to all vital organs. This helps treat ED, making life easier for the patient.

  • You can take supplements to promote muscle growth and fat burn even when you don't work out

False. Nothing will ever replace a healthy diet and a good workout. Supplements help the process, but they don't do the work for you.

  • Our bodies produce enough of the semi-essential nutrients and amino acids, supplements are a waste of money.

False. Not everyone’s body works correctly. Your sedentary level and your diet contribute to the production of certain vitamins and amino acids. If you’re suffering from an arginine deficiency, a supplement could make your life much easier.

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