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Nutritional Health Supplements: The Many Uses Of Arginine

Arginine is one of those substances you may read about and yet not be sure what it does. It is in fact what is termed a ‘conditional’ essential amino acid; in other words the body produces its own but there are circumstances (such as trauma and surgery) in which the body cannot supply enough and it needs to be supplemented from outside, either from food or from nutritional health supplements.

It is interesting how many of the body’s substances have several properties and uses and arginine is no exception.

This substance is necessary for the production of protein and helps to rid the body of any waste ammonia. It is linked to improvements in erectile dysfunction in men. In 1999, the BJU Journal published results of research where 50 men suffering erectile dysfunction took 5 grams of L-arginine or a placebo. After a period of six weeks there was a greater improvement in those taking the amino supplement. The reason for this success is arginine produces nitric acid, which helps improve the blood flow to the penis; this is different to Viagra, which blocks the enzyme that destroys nitric acid.

Arginine is also useful as a nutritional health supplement in sport. Depending on the dose, this substance can increase the production of growth hormone from the pituitary gland. The growth hormone has several uses, one of which is to move fat into the blood from where it can be burned as energy for the muscles. However the timing is important as, if the growth hormone is stimulated too early, it will confuse the body’s own production.

The natural conclusion of course is that the correct use of arginine will reduce fat mass, reduce blood pressure and improve the control of blood sugars.

This amino acid has also been used post-surgery and in burn patients as it can increase the production of collagen in healthy people over the age of seventy. Thus it improves wound healing.

Just as arginine helps with blood supply to the penis, it has a positive effect on sufferers of angina by improving the performance of blood vessels generally. Equally a study published in Clinical Cardiology in 2000 indicated this substance might also improve cardiac performance. It was felt however it should not replace other treatments prescribed.

Other studies show this useful amino acid may ease inflammation of the bladder, relieve leg cramps and help the function of the kidneys of kidney transplant patients.

It is possible arginine may have other uses, such as in the treatment of dementia, but there is no firm evidence to support this yet.

The dosage of this amino acid should be strictly controlled as overdoses could lead to indigestion, since it increases stomach acids, and may worsen asthma. Clearly, as it does lower blood pressure, people for whom this is already a problem should avoid it.

Arginine is a very useful substance within the body and can improve health markedly. However, as with the taking of all nutritional health supplements, it is always wise to consult a health professional before undertaking a significant course of supplementation.

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Hyaluronic Acid And How It Can Help Us

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You may be the same as me and have never heard of hyaluronic acid, which is a pity as it is quite a useful substance in terms of skincare.

This substance is key in moisturizing the skin as it can hold a thousand times its own weight in water. This is significant as it carries the water around the body to where it is needed. It works with elastin and most particularly collagen to provide benefits in many parts of the body, particularly in hydrating the skin and repairing cartilage. It also helps in repairing scar tissue so has benefits to new mothers and sufferers of acne. Other benefits include faster repairing wounds and relief from arthritis (as it helps lubricate joints.)

Collagen molecules provide the structure into which hyaluronic acid locks moisture.

Hyaluronic acid is one of the substances that deteriorate with age; we lose significant amounts from the age of eighteen and, combined with the loss of collagen, leads to lines and wrinkles later in life.

It hardly seems surprising that this substance is affected by ultra violet light when you consider excess sunlight leads to premature aging and wrinkles. This process has been linked to skin cancer too.

The body is unable to produce sufficient hyaluronic acid in later years so one of the more useful healthy skin tips you could receive would be to find a way to reintroduce this acid into the body. Previously the only method was to inject affected areas with doses (and this is presently the only way yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration) but of course this involves potential problems such as skin bruising and indeed the fear of injections.

In February the Proto-col company in the United Kingdom introduced it’s Skin Plus capsules, which combine collagen and hyaluronic acid in one easy to take dose. Just for good measure, each natural diet supplement capsule includes a range of useful vitamins too. Proto-col believe this new product represents a significant step forward in skincare.

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The Benefits Of Zinc Oxide To Natural Skincare

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Zinc oxide has many applications in several fields, including in the production of rubber and concrete and as a food additive. However this adaptable substance, probably used in India around 500BC and by the Romans too, is particularly useful in medicine and as a constituent of mineral cosmetics.

This additive to natural beauty products is a key ingredient of the traditional skin treatment calamine lotion. It is anti-inflammatory and is used in sunscreens as a result of its natural skincare property of adhering to the skin and reducing the amount of potentially dangerous ultra violet rays absorbed.

This feature of non-absorption means zinc oxide is nonirritating and nonallergenic. There is some evidence it may well be an anti-oxidant too.

Some cheaper sunscreens use a nano zinc oxide but this is absorbed by the skin and is less effective and may even cause health problems (although studies are yet to establish this).

This natural skincare ingredient also features in cream designed to prevent nappy (or diaper) rash due to its abilities to combat skin irritations through its adherence to the skins surface. Zinc oxide also has antibacterial properties, which help its abilities in natural skincare.

Acne can also be controlled as a result of zinc oxides anti-inflammatory properties and it ability to also control excessive skin oil. Through its promotion of healthy skin, this substance also helps scars heal more quickly.

As a result of these advantages, this useful substance can also be found in rectal suppositories and in treatments (such as calamine lotion) for chapped, dry or itching skin and minor burns.

Zinc oxide is also used in nutritional supplements as a source of zinc, which is useful for DNA and immune system maintenance.

With all its benefits to healthy skin, it is clear that zinc oxide is a useful ingredient in natural beauty products, especially natural skin products.

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