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If you suspect that you are deficient in L-arginine, an amino acid that has a key role in multiple health functions, you might consider the added protection of a supplement. But before you reach for that L-arginine supplement, why not pay attention to your diet first?

SELF Nutrition Data has provided a list of the foods with the highest L-arginine content foods that you wouldn’t want to miss if you’d like to optimize your levels of this important amino acid.

Here are some L-arginine-packed foods:

  • Seeds (Sesame, pumpkin, sunflower) Topping the Nutrition Data list are these seeds, which are a great addition to your breakfast! Use them in your whey protein drink with eggs and fiber-rich stuff like organic psyllium. You may alternate between seeds that contain omega-3 fats and omega-6 fats, but make sure they are all organic. For omega-3 fats, you may choose either chia seeds or flax seeds.

  • Seaweed An excellent source is spirulina, which is a simple, one-celled organism that belongs to the cyanobacteria family. Spirulina is a high-protein food that is used around the world to help address disease and is being seriously considered as a sustainable food source with the potential to end world hunger.

Spirulina is often confused with chlorella. The fundamental difference between these two is that spirulina is many thousands of years older and does not possess the hard cell wall that chlorella has.

  • Nuts (Walnuts, almonds, peanuts) Other from containing L-arginine, nuts are a quick nutritious snack that are nearly perfect when raw, organic, and eaten in moderation. They are filled with healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, and many vitamins and minerals.

You can’t go wrong with nuts as long as you pay attention to quality. Choose those that are organic and raw, not irradiated or pasteurized. Almonds have skins that are rich in antioxidants (including phenols), and walnuts are good sources of plant-based omega-3 fats, natural phytosterols, and antioxidants.

Peanuts, however, should be eaten in moderation (or avoided altogether) because they are one of the most pesticide-laden foods today and are contaminated with aflatoxin, a carcinogenic mold. They also have far more omega-6 fats than your body requires.

  • Coconut The coconut tree, rightfully dubbed the plant of life,? serves many uses, from its husks and shell to leaves and trunk. The coconut is also among the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet.

One of its main products, coconut oil, is a diet staple of traditional tropical cultures. After being vilified for decades because of the movement against saturated fats, it has re-emerged as a smart alternative to harmful vegetable oils used for cooking.

Coconut water, on the other hand, is a powerhouse of natural electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. It is low in sugar but pleasantly sweet, serving as a great natural sports drink.

  • Whey Whey protein is a byproduct of the cheese production process, and was promoted for its health benefits as early as 420 BC. It has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including supporting your immune system.

When selecting a whey product, make sure it’s from grass-fed cows. It also should not come from cows that are treated with hormones or be cold-processed or minimally processed. It should have a rich and full flavor, be water-soluble, naturally sweetened, and highly digestible.

If you have a compelling reason to supplement with L-arginine, remember that you need a constant source of L-arginine replenishment. Your body absorbs and metabolizes it very quickly. This means you have to take it frequently throughout the day to sustain beneficial levels. So look for a sustained release formula that controls the rate of absorption by your body instead.

Bessy Drake is a copywriter who researches natural health topics such as amino acid supplementation (L-arginine is on top of her list). Online resources such as Dr. Mercola‘s natural health newsletter give her reliable, up-to-date information.

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