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Nutrition and Functional Foods for Healthy Aging by Ronald Ross Watson

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Chapter 27

Cellular and Physiological Effects of Arginine in Seniors

Vance L. Albaugh, Melissa K. Stewart and Adrian Barbul,    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, United States

Abstract

Arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid that plays a number of critical roles in human health and disease. Since discovering arginine to be the nitrogen source for nitric oxide, biomedical research has intensely focused on it and its vasodilatory effects. However, other recent work has highlighted not only these potential cardiovascular benefits of arginine and its metabolites but also the advances in the knowledge of arginine biochemistry, organ–organ trafficking, and insights from clinical studies examining its role of arginine ...

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