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Is L-Arginine Right for Me?

When deciding whether or not to take L-Arginine, there are two important considerations:

  • What is my physical condition?
  • What benefits do I hope to get from taking it?

Before you consider taking L-Arginine, you should see your doctor first and ask their advice.

You may be suffering from a condition that would result in adverse side effects if you take the supplement.

For instance, those with low blood pressure may see their pressure go below safe levels.

Those with asthma may see their conditions worsen.

People taking Viagra should also avoid L-Arginine since there may be adverse interactions that could result in serious complications.

You may also be able to get the increased L-Arginine that you need by natural means, through eating foods that are rich in the amino acid.

For healthy adults, L-Arginine is considered a “non-essential” amino acid since the body can already produce the amount that it needs in addition to getting more from the food you eat.

Health foods rich in L-Arginine include:

  • Turkey breast
  • Chicken
  • Pork loin
  • Soybeans
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dairy foods such as cheese, yogurt, and milk
  • Chickpeas
  • Peanuts
  • Lentils

You should also ask yourself if the potential health benefits you can enjoy from taking L-Arginine are worth the potential health risks.

While taking the supplement is generally safe, there is always a small risk of adverse effects.

But these are usually mild and may include bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.


To summarize: L-Arginine is right for you if:

  • You are healthy and there is no risk of any adverse reactions due to a medical condition or any medication you may be taking.
  • You cannot get the amount of L-Arginine that you need from natural sources such as food.
  • The benefits you can get from taking more L-Arginine as a supplement is worth the potential health risks.