L-Ornithine provides 500 mg of Free-Form L-Ornithine for use when an additional intake of this amino acid is required. A non-essential amino acid. Plays a central role in the urea cycle, functioning along with Arginine and Citrulline to rid the body of ammonia, a by product of protein metabolism. Can increase muscle mass and strength when given in combination with Arginine. May help with a better recovery from operations. Because Ornithine is converted into arginine, it can help to maintain healthy Arginine levels in the body. Ornithine can also be converted into other amino acids, such as citrulline, proline and glutamine, as well as creatine, as important muscular energy source. 120 Veg Capsules
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Now Foods L-Ornithine provides 500 mg of L-Ornithine for use when an additional intake of this amino acid is required. Required for immune system function and promotes healing.
Amino acids are the chemical units or building blocks, which make up proteins. Unlike fats and carbohydrates, proteins contain approximately 16% of nitrogen, and are the body's only source of this essential element.
Nitrogen-containing proteins make up the muscles, ligament, tendons, organs, glands, nails, hair and many of the body fluids. They also form part of the enzymes, hormones and genes in our body and are essential for growth and repair of the bones.
Proteins are essential for good health, and after water, make up the greatest portion of the body's mass. There are approximately 29 commonly known amino acids which link together in an almost limitless sequence to form more than 50,000 different proteins and at least 20,000 known enzymes. However, each type of protein is tailored for a specific need and the sequence of amino acids it contains cannot be interchanged. This means that a deficiency of a specific amino acid can lead to a failure to provide that specific protein for the body.
Amino acids are key elements in the production of neurotransmitters, chemical compounds which enable signals to be passed through the nervous system. This makes the availability of the specific amino acids needed, important for proper functioning of the nervous system. In the human body, the liver produces some 80% of the amino acids we need. These are so-called non-essential amino acids.
The Essential amino acids, which make up the remaining 20% are Isoleucine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Tryptophan, Leucine, Methionine, Threonine, Valine. Two others, Arginine and Histidine are important in the first year of life until the body acquires the ability to manufacture them.
Most of the amino acids can exist in two forms. One being the mirror image of the other.
The two forms are known as the L- and D- series. Because the L- series amino acids exist in the same form as those found in living plant or animal tissue, they are considered to be more compatible with human biochemistry and therefore preferred. The amino acids which form a protein in the body are all L-series amino acids, with the exception of phenylalanine which can also occur as a mixture of D and L. The process of assembling amino acids in the body are all L- series amino acids, with the exception of phenylalanine which can also occur as a mixture of D and L.
The process of assembling amino acids in the body to make proteins is continuous. If the body needs more cells, more cell proteins are produced. If more enzymes are needed, more enzyme proteins are made and so on. However, if one or more of the amino acids cannot be provided when needed, the protein shortage may lead to any number of health problems. Amino acids are also vital for the utilisation of vitamins and minerals, and a deficiency of any specific amino acid may lead to reduced effectiveness of processes based on vitamin and minerals.
Ornithine is a non essential amino acid. Growth hormone releaser, required for Immune system function, promotes healing. Ornithine has been used in the treatment of hyperammonemia. This amino acid is an intermediate in the urea cycle.
Ornithine can also be converted into other amino acids, such as citrulline, proline and glutamine, as well as creatine, as important muscular energy source.
It is helpful for ageing, as it helps combat muscle loss with age. It is used in intense physical exercise, physical fatigue, in body builders and may offer an anti-fatigue factor.
Each Capsule contains L-Ornithine 500 mg (from L-ornithine hydrochloride. Other ingredients: Cellulose (Capsule), Rice flour and magnesium stearate (vegetable source)
Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients.
Adults: As a dietary supplement, take 3 Capsules with juice or water on an empty stomach.
Now Foods suggest taking Ornithine in combination with L-Arginine, L-Citrulline and Vitamin B6
Keep out of reach of children. Not suitable for children except with medical advice. Natural color variation may occur in this product. Store in a cool, dry place after opening.
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