The role of L-arginine in the fight against cancer

There is much debate in medicine about the role of l-arginine in the fight against cancer. Research carried out at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre in 2011 revealed some extremely important information regarding this. L-arginine reactivates cancer fighting T-cells in patients with glioblastoma thereby boosting the immune system. It only makes sense to boost ones immune system in patients with cancerous tumour growths.

L-arginine, Nitric Oxide and Oxygen

An increase in L-arginine intake allows the body to produce more nitric oxide. This endothelial lining of the blood vessels relax and deprived areas of the body reached, this being essential to allow healing to occur. L-arginine safely delivers more oxygen to those deprived tissues of the body. Dr J Prendergast explains that this fact alone is helpful for cancer patients and the benefits of providing more oxygen to deprived cancer tissues help starve cancer cells. The opening up of veins and arteries by the use of l-arginine in the fight against cancer is a means by which to do this.

The increase of nitric oxide allows oxygen to reach depleted areas. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute showed in 2005 that l-arginine adds nitric oxide to the blood’s haemoglobin. This is important as Haemoglobin is the bloods oxygen carrying component. As a result, L-arginine has a significant role to play when used with radiotherapy treatment. Dr Mark Dewhurst said, ‘if we could raise the level of tumour oxygenation before radiation, we would have a better chance of killing more of the cancer cells’.

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