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Amino Acids for Cardiovascular Wellness

Targeted nutritional therapies are the cornerstone of a holistic approach to wellness.

While eating a balanced and well-rounded diet is important, supplementing with nutraceuticals can help achieve very specific health goals.

Nutraceuticals are extracts of foods, which, in many cases, have been studied to pinpoint the exact effects they have on the human body. Due to their targeted action, we can use nutraceuticals for precise goals in a way that we cannot for whole foods. While whole foods are very valuable for overall health, their effects are broad.

Additionally, since nutraceuticals are potent extracts, we can achieve therapeutic dosages that are much harder to achieve by eating whole foods. Nutraceuticals are also well-tolerated and safe within the appropriate dosages.

One example of a nutraceutical is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Proteins are an essential macronutrient alongside carbohydrates and fats. Your body needs 20 different amino acids to sustain life. 9 of these 20 amino acids cannot be synthesized by the body and must be acquired from the diet.

Proteins build muscle mass. Having muscle mass has many health benefits, including raising your basal metabolic rate. A higher basal metabolic rate is tied to burning fat and elevating your metabolism.

Proteins are also needed for cardiovascular health. The heart is a muscular, energy-demanding organ and protein is a vital source of energy for the heart. In fact, in a large meta-analysis, one egg a day was associated with a lower risk of stroke. Eggs are a high-protein food, with an average of 6 grams of protein per egg.

If you are interested in enhancing your cardiovascular health through the power of amino acids, continue reading to learn more about what this excellent nutraceutical can do for your health!

Introducing BP-Activate by Golden After 50

BP-Activate is an amino acid blend of nutraceuticals to keep your cardiovascular system in the best shape possible. BP-Activate helps support already healthy blood pressure maintenance, optimal circulation, and blood vessel health. Healthy blood pressure, circulation, and blood vessels are critical for overall cardiovascular wellness. Remaining vital and full of energy into your Golden Years is dependent on your heart health.

L-Arginine

L-arginine is an amino acid the body can synthesize. L-arginine in the body is synthesized from other amino acids including glutamine, glutamate, and proline. L-arginine can also be consumed from the diet. Examples of l-arginine rich foods include:

  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Salmon
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Soybeans

Plant sources of l-arginine contain the highest concentrations of this amino acid with pumpkin seeds having the most l-arginine.

L-arginine benefits cardiovascular health through its role in maintaining nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gas that is produced by the cells that line blood vessels, called the endothelium.

Important in blood pressure health, nitric oxide enhances the ability of blood vessels to dilate and relax.

As a part of the normal aging process, blood pressure can creep up. Dietary factors, stress, smoking, alcohol use, genetics, and many other factors also contribute to issues with blood pressure management.

High blood pressure causes stress on the blood vessel walls, eventually making them stiff and weak and less able to produce nitric oxide.

You may be asking yourself- why not just supplement nitric oxide? Remember back to when it was mentioned that nitric oxide is a gas. It isn’t possible to supplement a compound in gas form. L-arginine is effective in maintaining nitric oxide levels because it is a precursor. In other words, like a recipe nitric oxide needs certain things to be made and l-arginine is on the list of ingredients!

L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate

L-arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (AAKG) is a potent form of l-arginine. AAKG is formed with l-arginine and a form of the amino acid glutamine called alpha-ketoglutarate form together.

In addition to helping build muscle and help with wound healing, AAKG is another nitric oxide ally.

If you are training and hoping to put on muscle mass and increase your athletic performance, AAKG can also be a wonderful addition to your routine as it is research-backed for improving athletic performance. Interestingly, alpha-ketoglutarate has been observed to positively influence the gut microbiome to improve body composition. For more on optimizing the gut microbiome, check out our article on “Probiotic-Rich Foods To Support Digestion”.

The benefit of supplementing with AAKG is that, unlike l-arginine, it cannot be found in foods. While the precursors of AAKG can be found in foods, only supplements can offer the benefits of this powerful amino acid complex.

L-Citrulline

L-citrulline is an amino acid that is converted into l-arginine in the body. As previously mentioned, l-arginine increases nitric oxide gas in the body which helps support already healthy blood pressure.

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is the keystone of overall cardiovascular health. With l-citrulline in your supplement arsenal, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you are using science-backed nutraceuticals for your cardiovascular wellness.

L-citrulline can also be found in the diet. L-citrulline rich foods include the following:

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Pumpkin
  • Canteloupe
  • Chickpeas
  • Bitter melon
  • Nuts

L-citrulline is safe and well-tolerated at the appropriate dosages. BP-Activate by Golden After 50 is formulated for therapeutic dosages backed in research that are safe and effective for your body.

Conclusion

Amino acids are a valuable addition to your cardiovascular wellness routine in addition to a balanced diet, regular movement, and overall healthy lifestyle. Not smoking, moderating alcohol use, and keeping stress managed are some other common-sense priorities when it comes to your heart and blood vessel health.

Into middle age and beyond, being proactive about your cardiovascular health matters. We all want the latter decades of life to be as vibrant and full of full energy as possible to keep up with family and loved ones. Keeping up with your full life means prioritizing your health, and BP-Activate will support your best cardiovascular health yet with our potent, high-quality formula designed for safe and effective use.

Dr. Laurel Ash ND, MS

Dr Laurel Ash, ND, MS is an Oregon and Washington board-certified Naturopathic Physician. With a passion for nutritional health, Dr Ash earned her doctorate in Naturopathy from the National University of Natural Medicine while receiving her masters in Integrative Mental Health. Her unique combination of evidence-based research and skilled knowledge in holistic medicine has allowed Dr. Ash to successfully treat many with a wide-range of issues.