Ornithine

Ornithine is non-essential amino acid produced from arginine in the body. It is also found in dairy products, meat, fish and eggs.

What it does

  1. Athletic Performance: Athletes and body builders have traditionally taken ornithone and arginine in combination becayse they are thought to stimulated the release of growth hormone and may increase muscle mass.
  2. Liver Protection: Ammonia, a major toxin to the liver, is converted into urea by ornithine and arginine. Ornithineis also needed for liver detoxification.
  3. Wound Healing: Ornithine supplementation enhances collagen synthesis and speeds repair time of tissue injury from surgery. It may also be supportive in patients with burns injuries.
  4. Convalescense: As part of the stress response to injury or illness, protein stores in the body get broken down to provide energy for other metabolic processes, this can be a major problem for the seriously ill patient. Supplementation with ornithine may help prevent lean muscle breakdown during illness, improving wound healing and recovery time.
  5. Immune System Support: Arginine (such as from ornithine conversion) may protect the thymus, the main gland of immunity, from damage, as well as aiding T-cell activity.

Potential Uses

Athletic performance Detox Infections
Injuries Post operative support Cirrhosis
Convalescence

Cautions

Ornithone should not be supplemented in cases of active herpes infection or schizophrenia.

Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using ornithone.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with ornithone.

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