Weight Loss with Arginine?

Q I am trying to lose weight and would like to know if there are any vitamin supplements I should take to enhance the effects of L-arginine and L-ornithine. Also, what is the recommended dose of these supplements for optimal weight loss.

SYLVIA, American Canyon, CA

A Generally speaking, amino acids such as arginine or ornithine are advantageous for body building, enabling an individual to enhance the benefits of a comprehensive workout program involving peak-output exercise. As a supplement, arginine has many advantages over ornithine, but the amino acid citrulline is far more additive for other benefits (see article on page 13). What you are looking for is not likely to be achieved by taking an arginine formulation, even one that contains all of the other needed ingredients to make it work optimally.

We suggest that you look into Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Control Program and other related topics. See “Healthy Weight Maintenance Inhibits Testosterone Loss” (May 2007), “Cocktail of Selected Teas for Better Health and Weight Loss” (April 2007), “Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Loss Program” (March 2007), “Arginine Helps Your Glucose Metabolism” (March 2007), “More Evidence that Alzheimer’s Is Type 3 Diabetes” (February 2006), “Life by Chocolate” (April 2007), “Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Loss Program, Addendum to Part I” (March 2007), “Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Loss Program, Part II” (January 2007), and “Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Loss Program” (December 2006).

For yet more technical information, see “Losing Weight and Improving Your Health with a Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet” (June 2007), “Dietary Factors and Adiponectin, a Fat-Derived Peptide that Improves Insulin Sensitivity: Moderate Alcohol Strikes Again” (June 2007), “Suppression of Fatty Acid Synthase in Breast Cancer Cells by Tea and Tea Polyphenols” (June 2007), “Cocoa Reduces LDL Oxidative Susceptibility and Increases HDL-Cholesterol” (June 2007), “Additional Benefits of Caloric Restriction When Only Carbohydrate Calories Are Restricted” (February 2007), “Indigestible Carbohydrates Contribute to Improved Glycemic Response at Next Meal” (February 2007), “Recipe for Barley, Currant, and Herb Pilaf” (February 2007), “Effects of Acetic Acid (Vinegar) on Glycemic and Insulinemic Response to Food: Inhibitory Effects on Digestive and Other Enzymes” (July 2006), and “Blueberry Gingerbread Cake for Health and Great Taste” (December 2005).

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