Arginine, Citrulline and Blood Pressure: A Positive Combination
Over 30 percent of American adults have high blood pressure (BP), or hypertension. As a result, millions take medications to reduce their blood pressure, and many experience unpleasant or even dangerous side effects like dizziness and allergic reactions.
In some cases, taking immediate action to lower blood pressure and prevent organ damage is critical. But the fact is, many blood pressure medications only lower BP by a small amount. That BP-lowering effect can often be matched or even exceeded by supplements that are safer and less costly, and which have the added benefit of helping correct the underlying problem instead of only treating the symptom. Even if your BP is dangerously high, there are natural strategies you can take to begin lowering your numbers drastically—and more permanently.
One of the most effective supplements for lowering BP is a combination of the amino acids L-arginine and L-citrulline. Taken daily at a dosage of 3-5 grams of arginine and 1-2 grams of citrulline, this combination has been shown to boost the body’s levels of nitric oxide (NO), a signaling gas that dilates blood vessels and improves the health of the blood vessel lining, or endothelium. According to the Mayo Clinic, the University of Maryland Medical Center and my own Nobel Prize-winning research, this combination lowers blood pressure as much or morethan the gold standard antihypertension drugs, while helping improve overall cardiovascular health.
Arginine and citrulline supplementation is not for everyone; there can be some drug interactions, and for patients who are already on prescriptions such as nitrates for chest pain, the drop in BP could be hazardous. Talk to your health care provider about this option, and do not discontinue taking blood pressure medication without the supervision of a medical professional. Still, for many people, the proven benefits of arginine/citrulline supplementation, together with healthy diet and lifestyle choices, could reduce the need for blood pressure medications.
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