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Arginine cream is a topical lotion that contains l-arginine, a semi-essential amino acid. While the human body produces this substance, it is sometimes needed as a supplement. The body uses it to create urea, a waste product made when protein is metabolized. It is also present in dairy products, red meat, poultry, and fish. As a medicinal supplement, this cream may help patients who suffer from chronic wounds, circulation problems, and sexual dysfunction.
This amino acid is made in the kidneys and liver. Generally, the body makes enough of it to run efficiently, but trauma, illness, and burns can cause a deficiency. In people, arginine changes into nitrous oxide, which is a compound that causes blood vessels and tissues to relax and dilate. It is also thought that the amino acid stimulates the body’s production of insulin and growth hormone.
When applied to the skin, arginine cream may help improve circulation and increase blood flow in the extremities, like the hands. It can also speed up healing, if the patient has a cut or abrasion. Those suffering from diabetes may find arginine cream useful. Diabetes is a condition that causes the sufferer to be unable to metabolize sugars properly, and can cause circulation issues because it can impede or retard the blood flow to the hands and feet. This can cause the hands and feet to feel cold, and often affects how quickly a diabetic is able to heal from a wound.
People suffering from sexual problems, such as low libido or erectile dysfunction, may also benefit from the use of arginine cream. For instance, when applied to the penis, the cream can help stimulate blood flow, allowing the man to achieve a fuller erection. The cream can be used just prior to intercourse, whereas oral supplements containing l-arginine must be taken daily to be effective.
If a woman suffers from low libido or has difficulty achieving orgasm, arginine cream can be applied to the clitoral area. The cream is sometimes used to help stimulate more blood flow to the woman’s sexual organs, and therefore help her better enjoy intercourse. In some women, the cream may improve the intensity and frequency of orgasms.
A doctor should be always be consulted before using an arginine cream. There are some known drug interactions. For instance, arginine supplements should never be used while a patient is using any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, because the combination can severely irritate the stomach.