Arginine Derived Nitric Oxide: Key to Healthy Skin

Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Nitric oxide is generated in biologic tissues by specific nitric oxide synthases (NOS) that metabolize arginine and molecular oxygen to citrulline and nitric oxide. Arginine is an amino acid which is abundant in protamines and histones. Arginine, being a nonessential amino acid, can be manufactured by the human body and does not need to be obtained directly through the diet. l-Arginine-derived Nitric Oxide is a multifaceted molecular marvel that has been shown to provide a wide range of life-enhancing benefits, including repairing and preventing damage in blood vessels and stimulating regeneration in the skin as well as the heart, thymus gland, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs. l-Arginine-derived nitric oxide promotes the production of collagen. Nitric oxide is said to dilate the capillaries and increases healthy blood circulation to the skin. NO’s role in the progression of skin cancer is continually evolving. Arginine-derived NO is important when one is concerned with overall healthy skin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Molecular Biology LaboratoryCenter of Hematology and Hemotherapy-HEMOCENTRO, University of Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyPE Society’s Modern College of PharmacyNigadi, PuneIndia
  3. 3.Interactive Research School for Health AffairsBharati Vidyapeeth University, Medical college campusDhankawadi, PuneIndia

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