Category: Diet & Nutrition

L-Arginine Benefits

Benefits of L-Arginine

It may not seem obvious that your diet can affect your sex life, but when it comes to improving men’s sex life, nutrients play a key role. The amino acid L-Arginine is important for building proteins for muscles and tissues. It has been proven by Penile Plus to support cardiovascular health, and recently is the newly popular supplement for sexual dysfunction treatment. Whether you get this amino acid from foods or in a supplement, the benefits can be enjoyed right away.

What is L-Arginine?


Your body typically makes all the L-Arginine that it needs but sometimes health conditions interfere with its production. Deficiencies in L-Arginine are rare however, because it is present in many food sources. This amino acid can be found in nuts, red meat, poultry, dairy, legumes, and chocolate. Its primary function in the body is to tone blood vessels and improve blood circulation. It also helps to speed up wound healing, maintains immune system function, and also helps your kidneys remove waste from the body.

Your body uses L-Arginine to produce nitric oxide which is an important gas which stimulates blood vessel relaxation. The production of nitric oxide is often impaired with cardiovascular diseases, which is where L-arginine can help. Those with diabetes are especially vulnerable to low nitric oxide levels and reduced blood circulation as a result of uneven blood glucose levels. Impotence is common among men with type-II diabetes as a result of nerve damage caused by poor long-term blood sugar control.

Sexual dysfunction is largely caused by poor blood circulation. In men, close to 75 percent of those with heart disease also suffer from impotence. Nitric oxide helps to dilate your blood vessels which increase blood circulation to the penis allowing for an erection. L-Arginine can help support your heart by improving circulation and restore your sex life when impotence is related to cardiovascular issues. This amino acid improves arterial blood flow in the penis making it easier to get an erection.

Restoring Healthy Libido

L-Arginine as part of your regular diet will keep energy levels up all day long by supporting proper circulation. Strong circulation ensures that your tissues get the oxygen they need and this prevent tiredness and lethargy. Optimal circulation also promotes blood fluidity and prevents clot and arterial plaque formations. When you read about L-Arginine you will note that it is classified as “non-essential” but without it, your body can suffer in several ways. Your heart health, mental energy, physical energy, and focus all benefit, not to mention you get your libido back.

Improving Sexual Dysfunction

L-Arginine was found to be an effective treatment for impotence in a published review by Douglas MacKay, ND in 2004.The study conducted involved giving L-Arginine to 50 men for six weeks and all reported feeling better and improves sexual function. Another trial found that after a month of L-Arginine supplements, 5 percent of the men involved had normal erections after having been suffering with impotence. Additional studies found that L-Arginine combined with pycnogenol, a pine bark extract that also produces nitric oxide, provides further circulatory support and enhanced sexual function.

Topical Health Formulas

Outside of L-Arginine supplements you can try topical creams for local absorption at the penis. This bypasses any possible issues the supplements have making their way through your digestive tract and ensures you get benefits more directly. When applied topically, L-Arginine dilates the blood vessels in the penis much quicker since it doesn’t have to travel through your body first. Specialized formulas and reams are now readily available containing L-Arginine and other essential minerals like vitamins C and E, and L-carnitine which also support healthy circulation.

The benefits of L-Arginine for your heart, overall health, and libido are great. You need to speak with your doctor first before starting a supplement. If you have cardiovascular disease or are taking blood pressure medications, it is important to discuss L-Arginine with your doctor first. You want to avoid potential interaction effects with medications you are currently taking. It is also important to remember that there can be a number of causes for erectile dysfunction and L-Arginine is not a cure for these. Rather, it helps support and boost healthy circulation to reduce your chances of sexual dysfunction.

Weight Gaining Foods

Diet and nutrition is the single most important factor in wanting to gain weight. You can do all the weight training you want, but if your are not feeding your body the necessary food and nutrients it requires for maintenance and growth, then it will all be a waste of time, not to mention unhealthy. Knowing what to eat to gain weight is essential for putting on the pounds. In a nutshell, your weight gaining diet should include high protein foods, high carbohydrate foods and healthy fats.

Identifying which foods contain these things can be confusing, however in this article, there are several charts which list the best weight gaining foods to eat on top (superior), followed by good, inferior and no-no. I like how simplified these charts are because you can immediately identify what NOT to eat. You just need to worry about knowing which proteins, carbohydrates, and fats to eat, otherwise known as good proteins, good carbs, and good fats.

Here are the charts…


Hard gainers typically find it difficult eating more food. What I found to be effective is increasing your meal frequency, trying to have 6 meals each day, but not eating as much per meal, making you feel hungrier throughout the day. Having less fatty foods will also be of great benefit as fats tend to make you feel fuller more quickly, so you eat less.

Include in your diet high protein foods such as fish (tuna and salmon), whey protein powder (for post workout shakes and inbetween meals), chicken and turkey breasts, low fat milk, high carbohydrate foods such as pasta, lots of fruit and veg such as avocado and banana, as well as good fats such as olive oil and flaxseed oil. When snacking it’s a great time to eat high calorie snacks such as dried fruits, seeds, nuts, low fat yogurt and cheese. You should be looking to incorporate all of these weight gain foods in your diet if you want to gain weight.