From time to time, the question arises regarding the l-arginine that is used in Synergy’s ProArgi-9+. To that issue, we wish to remind everyone that Natures Sunshine Products maintain the highest ingredient manufacturing standards in the nation. Only the finest and most pure products are even allowed in their facility. Many of us have had the opportunity to tour NSP and have seen the quarantine area on their dock. When product arrives, it is given a bar code and the initial samples are taken from the pallet, up to the testing laboratories for analysis. Product that does not meet the standard required is immediately rejected and sent back to the vendor at their cost for shipping. No synthetic l-arginine is ever allowed at NSP. The motto there is “We don’t guess, we test”.
There are dozens of l-arginine products on the market today. Most of those products contain either a low grade of arginine or a synthetic form of arginine. Below is an article that describes arginine and then explains what arginine hcl is. It’s an eye opener. Take careful note of the side effects of synthetic arginine.
What is Arginine HCL?
Arginine is a non-essential amino acid that is important to many different bodily processes. Arginine HCL is a synthetically manufactured form of arginine that combines the amino acid with a hydrogen chloride molecule, and can be found in either powder or capsule form. It is used by athletes to increase oxygen delivery and blood flow during exercise, notes the book “Nutritional Supplements in Sports and Exercise.” Hydrogen chloride is combined with arginine to make the supplement more palatable and to enhance its absorption by the digestive system.
Arginine HCL may have adverse effects on individuals who have liver and kidney disease, as well as on some individuals recovering from a heart attack. Arginine HCL may also upset the balance of potassium in the bloodstream. If you have a potassium deficiency, arginine may cause dehydration, nausea, stomach cramps and diarrhea. If you are taking blood thinner medications, arginine HCL supplementation may thin your blood even further, increasing your risk of impaired wound healing. Individuals with chronically low blood pressure are advised not to take arginine, as it may lower blood pressure even further, leading to fatigue and dizziness.