Arginine

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Arginine is used as supplement in its own right in the clinical setting, and is added to some specialist intensive care feeds for post trauma patients, and has been shown to enhance wound healing, regulate hormone activity and potentate immune activity (Heys, et al 1999; Efron 2000). All these parameters are applicable to bodybuilding.

In the 1980s bodybuilders used arginine supplements, as a scientific study indicated that large doses of arginine increases growth hormone secretion (Valetto, et al 1996). Since then arginine has bee shown to have no effect on this parameter.

As arginine has an important role in feeding the critically ill patient, I feel it may have a bodybuilding application in its own right. More research of arginine's effects on muscle growth and athletic performance are needed, in the meantime, consume a high quality, varied protein diet.

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