l-arginine Improves Circulation and Bones

Bones need good blood supply in order to be healthy, and blood circulation plays an important role in healing from a fracture and managing osteoporosis.

Our bodies are constantly undergoing a process called bone remodeling that builds bone while simultaneously breaking it down. During the process to build bone, the body requires a constant influx of nutrients, and a healthy blood flow keeps this influx moving.

Blood flow is essential for the distribution of calcium and other minerals that contribute to bone hardness.  Without healthy blood flow, calcium will build up. That’s why you’ll find that very brittle bones and even dead bones still retain their calcium content, and can snap in half like a wishbone.

This is just one example of how bone hardness, or bone density, is just one half of the picture of good bone health. Bone quality depends on the structure of bone. Collagen is the support structure of bone, and silicon helps form bone collagen and strengthens collagen protein. Good blood flow is important for restoring collagen proteins that keep bone flexible.  The combination of arginine, silicon and inositol has been shown to promote better bone structure.

When we picture blood vessels we typically imagine those of the heart, and how they look when they become clogged or damaged. Blood vessels to bones are microscopic compared to the heart and other organs, but they do suffer the same problems.

That’s where arginine comes in, because arginine is important for the health of small blood vessels and the formation of new blood vessels at the microscopic level.

L-arginine helps supply the material needed for blood vessel function - and that material is called nitric oxide. Nitroglycerin is a powerful carrier of nitric oxide and nitroglycerin is used to rapidly open blood vessels that are clogged and causing heart pain from poor blood flow. Experimental studies have shown that nitroglycerin counteracts the bone loss associated with estrogen deficiency – and that’s a big deal.

This same material – nitric oxide – is carried by L-arginine and is released more slowly to help bone formation along with blood vessel health. People with low levels of nitric oxide tend to have poor bone quality from problems at the molecular level.

Many common foods contain L-arginine. These include nuts, turkey and salmon, but supplementation with L-arginine is what has demonstrated better bone health.

There is no recommended daily amount (RDA) established for L-arginine. The Average U.S. intake is 4.4 mg a day, and one quarter of the population consumes less than 2.6 mg a day. Large doses of L-arginine have been taken over periods of several years without harmful effect. And huge amounts of L-arginine supplements have even been used to increase athletic performance without harmful effects in studies.

It’s very important to state that taking megadoses of any ingredient or supplement is never recommended! Additionally, L-arginine should not be taken after an acute heart attack.

Silical 2, part of the Silical® System*, contains 300 mg of L-arginine – a safe and effective amount.

Silical 2 is an improved bone health supplement that enhances calcium and vitamin D by introducing new nutrients, including an organic form of silicon that helps place calcium in bone and helps grow healthy bone collagen for extra support; as well as boron, vitamin K2, inositol and other bone healthy nutrients that we don’t get in our daily diets. This breakthrough supplement completes your diet and works beyond bone density.

*Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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