Can L-Arginine Plus Help Cancer Patients?

There is much debate within medicine about the role amino acids play in the fight against cancer. Research carried out at the University of Colorado Cancer Center in 2011 did however show some extremely important benefits. The amino acid l-arginine was shown to reactivate cancer fighting T-cells in patients with glioblasoma boosting the immune system. Certainly in the fight against cancer it would only make sense to boost ones immune system especially in patients with tumour growths.

Arginine, Nitric Oxide and Oxygen

Certainly an increase in L-arginine intake allows the body to produce more nitric oxide. This is done by relaxing the endothelial lining of the blood vessels. Areas of the body deprived are then reached. This is esential to allow healing to occur especially when under conditions of stress or malnutrition. Arginine also safely delivers more oxygen to the deprived tissues of the body. Dr J Prendergast explains that this fact alone is helpful for cancer patients. Certainly the benefits of providing more oxygen to deprived cancer tissues help starve the cancer cells. The opening up of veins and arteries by the use of l-arginine is a means in which to do this.

We can see therefore the benfits of l-arginine with the increased of nitric oxide allowing for oxygen to reach depleted areas. What is often misunderstood however is the the science behind how this happens. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2005 showed that when l-arginine is used nitric oxide is added to the blood’s hemoglobin. This is important as Hemoglobin is the bloods oxygen carrying component. When used alongside traditional radiation therapy, l-arginine could have a significant role to play as has been acknowledged medically. Dr Mark Dewhurst said, ‘if we could raise the level of tumor oxygenation before radiation, we would have a better chance of killing more of the cancer cells’. The role of l-arginine in cancer treatment is certainly now being treated with ever more credibility.

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