What is Citrulline?
Citrulline is an alpha-amino acid and it was named after water melon. It was derived from watermelon in the year 1930, and the Latin name for watermelon is citrullus.
Where is citrulline found in the human body?
It is found as an essential component of the human liver, and it is used for removing toxins such as ammonia which is the end result of oxidation process. It is a vital constituent in proteins in the skin and helps to maintain the balance of nitrogen, release of energy (deficiency can lead to fatigue) and metabolism. When converted to another amino acid known as arginine, it regulates the circulation of blood. It is also found in neural cells and hair.
What are the Benefits of Citrulline?
It prevents fatigue and stress. It increases production of energy in the body and maintains normal levels in the immune system. The rich sources of this acid are found in meat, watermelon, fish, legumes, eggs and milk. It has been found that foods rich in protein naturally contain large amount of citrulline.
Individuals having problems in urination can avail of the benefits of the supplements of this acid. It can be used by any age group. Arginine helps in the production of nitric oxide in our body which is responsible for normal circulation of blood and overall health of the body. There are some supplements which are used for sexual performance by some physicians.