Low blood levels of arginine are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Platelet nitric oxide synthesis in uremia and malnutrition: a role for L-arginine supplementation in vascular protection?

Arginine is the precursor for nitric oxide, a compound involved in many vascular functions such as dilation of the endothelium (inner lining of blood vessels). This review collected scientific studies to evaluate the relationship between blood levels of arginine, inflammation and cardiovascular disease. The results showed that reduced blood levels of arginine and increased inflammation support the tendency of platelets to aggregate, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. More details can be found in the study.
Brunini TM, Mendes-Ribeiro AC, Ellory JC, Mann GE. Platelet nitric oxide synthesis in uremia and malnutrition: a role for L-arginine supplementation in vascular protection? Cardiovasc Res. 2007 Jan 15;73(2):359-67.



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