L-Citruline is a naturally occurring amino acid that is produced in our bodies, and is also present in some foods, such as watermelon; (the name Citruline is derived from the Latin word for watermelon, citrullus.) This organic compound is a direct byproduct that occurs when our bodies enzymatically produce nitric oxide from another amino acid, L-Arginine. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator that has the important function of regulating blood pressure. L-Citruline & L-Arginine have a kind of interdependent relationship, and when supplemented in the form of Citruline Malate, L-Citruline is converted into L-Arginine in the kidneys. This conversion increases the L-Arginine levels in our bodies more efficiently & effectively than L-Arginine supplementation. This greatly increases vasodilation during exercise, increasing the blood flow, while regulating the blood pressure, resulting in more energy & output during exercise.
When supplementing to improve athletic performance, a reasonable amount of Citruline Malate would be 1000 mg, 30-60 minutes before exercise. Citruline Malate is present in the supplement, “X-Tend Branched Chain Amino Acids”, which I personally take before exercise. Some recommendations suggest more, depending on the level of exertion and the type of exercise that is being performed, but I consider 1000 mg to be a sufficient amount for the average exercise performance.
Note: Always ask your physician before beginning any supplement, especially if you take any medication.
Many athletes that I have recommended this supplement to have had an amazing increase in energy, strength, endurance, & overall better recovery. I’m sharing this because I believe that organic compounds such as this can help boost our performance not only as athletes, but also as better conditioned images of good health. I hope that you find this to be informative & that you will also experience great results from exercise & supplementation!
Until next month,