Why THIS Is A MUST Have Before Your Workout…

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Pre-workout supplements are quickly becoming a staple in many people’s training and supplement regimes, the energy hit, vascularity and resultant muscle pump is undeniable…you can feel it working! So about that muscle pump, what causes it and why is it such an important element of a workout?

L-arginine. L-arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning it is generally made by the body in sufficient quantities, but occasionally you need to consume it via the diet or in the form of supplements (such as in malnutrition, burns, infection etc).
Why is L-arginine so effective

L-arginine is one of the main components responsible for a process known as vasodilation i.e. widening of blood vessels. If blood vessels widen they are naturally able to transport more blood around the body, and more blood means more oxygen to the muscles, and more oxygen to the muscles means more energy for physical activity and exercise!

L-arginine is recognised to increase the release of growth hormone, as well the production of nitric oxide, a critical component in vasodilation and muscle pumps! Many studies support the benefit of L-arginine, with several clinical papers prompting the ‘effective dosage’ recommendation to be at or around 3-9g per day.

 

Come off it for a while

It is suggested that you rest from L-arginine supplements for approx. 8-12 weeks, because according to Llewellyn, (2012), persistent supplementation with L-arginine could reduce the natural production of arginase, an enzyme that is needed to break down arginine and thus produce nitric oxide.

 

NOTE: L-arginine does act on the cardiovascular system (heart), so if you have any underlying medical condition then please do consult your Doctor before commencing a supplement that contains L-arginine, or any pre-workout supplement for that matter.

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About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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