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Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol. 2007 Jun;51(4):587-92.

[Effect of L-arginine supplementation on secretion of human growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor in adults].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Laboratório de Pesquisa do Exercício, Escola de Educação Física, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Rua Felizardo 750, 90690-200 Porto Alegre, RS.


Based on presumptions that the infusion of amino acids can augment the release of human growth hormone (hGH) and that this metabolism is related with secretion of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), the purpose of this study was to verify the effect of L-arginine supplementation on GH and IGF-I in adults. Seventeen male individuals participated on the study and were randomized to receive L-arginine (n= 10) or placebo (n= 7), seven grams per day for seven days. Before and after the supplementation period, the volunteers realized blood collection in fasting to verify both GH and IGF-I levels, as well as urine collection to verify urea excretion. At the end of the experimental period, it was verified that the group that received L-arginine augmented the urea in urine excretion (to 2684.1 +/- 475.2 mg/dl from 2967.2 +/- 409.7 mg/dl, p= 0.002), therefore it did not alter significantly the release of hormones evaluated. The group which received placebo did not alter significantly any evaluated parameters. The L-arginine supplementation during seven days was ineffective to augment both GH and IGF-I release in individual male adults.

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