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.
Tatiana M C Brunini, Antônio C Mendes-Ribeiro, John C Ellory, Giovanni E Mann