:: You know what is Arginine? Citrulline?

Arginine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arginine

Citrulline

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrulline

it came to my attention that a friend of mine is taking a supplement called "nightwork" by herbalife. it is a supplement under scrutiny in this site http://www.mlmwatch.org/04C/Herbalife/niteworks.html

and being criticized as being crappy and definately over priced here http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/health-fitness-corner-48/does-herbalife-really-works-3450114.html

it was then later found to have some positive effects here (which is quite interesting)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20331847

however, being a MLM product, it is a product "engineered" to sell in a "closed" pyramid structure to turnover high profit for those in the high tier.

so what is it that is so special that you cant get from eating normal food? WRONG, it is everywhere in the food that we eat (or dont like to eat)

"each dose of which contains 500 mg of vitamin C, 200 international units of vitamin E, 400 micrograms of folic acid, 50 mg of lemon balm extract, 10 mg of alpha lipoic acid, 300 mg of l-taurine, and 5.2 grams of a proprietary blend of l-arginine and l-citrulline [3]"

actually you can get it from eating normal food, it is right there in your cabinet and fridge.

watermelon = a nice citrulline supply
approx 3g/kg (red flesh)
approx 9g/kg (yellow flesh)

these are ball park mean figures, in actual lab tests, the content is a fluctuation (consider upper and lower fluctuations from 25% of mean to 125% of mean) due to the numerous varieties of melons, not to mention even countries of produce.

so a typical 5kg red flesh water melon from market costing about S$5-8, when cut into 1/8. each 1/8 portion will give about 1.9g of citrulline.

peanut butter = a nice arginine supply
approx 120g spread will give you 5g of arginine (add bread of your desire, divide into 3 meals? would you dare to try eating this way? maybe with some variety of jams?)
1 tub of 510g skippy at our local market S$5

in chinese medicine, they would describe peanut butter is a heaty food, and watermelon a cooling food. exactly how is this "thermal" science being balance i do not know, but now we do know these 2 if taken together is going to be leaving you somewhere in the "middle". there was actually some discussion in some forums about the yin/yang of food effects. too deep for me, but i think balancing/neutralizing heaty and cooling is enough for now.

this seems to be an interesting way to boost arginine/citrulline intake. add some carrot / orange juice. maybe by taking away some meat from the diet, you could also lose some weigh. (if you see below, i dont understand why USDA use 5gram sample size for eggs, it is so odd, a normal farm egg is about 40-60grams)


U.S. Department of Agriculture








serving grams LYS mg ARG mg
(Arginine)
% LYS % ARG serving grams for 5000mg ARG

Pine nuts 28 256 1330 9.143% 47.500% 105.26

Peanut butter 15 176 613 11.733% 40.867% 122.35 Planters / skippy / etc 510g @ S$5?
Pumpkin seeds & squash 140 2530 5570 18.071% 39.786% 125.67

Peanuts 144 1450 5050 10.069% 35.069% 142.57

Sesame seeds 150 1240 4990 8.267% 33.267% 150.30

Whole Egg, dried 5 155 147 31.000% 29.400% 170.07 seng choon pack of 10 480g @ S$3?
Tahini 15 82 378 5.467% 25.200% 198.41

Walnuts 100 466 2520 4.660% 25.200% 198.41

Almonds 142 946 3540 6.662% 24.930% 200.56

Snails 85 1250 2100 14.706% 24.706% 202.38

Brazil nuts 140 757 3350 5.407% 23.929% 208.96

Pistachios, shelled 128 1640 2790 12.813% 21.797% 229.39

Beef, dried 28 673 557 24.036% 19.893% 251.35

Hickory nuts 15 70 298 4.667% 19.867% 251.68

Hazelnuts 135 459 2480 3.400% 18.370% 272.18

Shrimp 85 1500 1510 17.647% 17.765% 281.46

Tuna, in water 165 4480 2920 27.152% 17.697% 282.53

Anchovy, in oit, drained 20 531 346 26.550% 17.300% 289.02

Turkey, canned boned 142 3040 2360 21.408% 16.620% 300.85

Crab 85 1350 1360 15.882% 16.000% 312.50

Caviar, black and red 16 293 254 18.313% 15.875% 314.96

Parmesan Cheese, grated 5 192 77 38.400% 15.400% 324.68

Turkey, light meat 180 3540 2740 19.667% 15.222% 328.47

Salami, hard 10 182 152 18.200% 15.200% 328.95

Sardines, in oil, drained 24 542 354 22.583% 14.750% 338.98

Wild pheasant 371 7470 5240 20.135% 14.124% 354.01

Chicken, light meat w/o s 88 1730 1230 19.659% 13.977% 357.72

Beef smoked, chopped 28 467 386 16.679% 13.786% 362.69

Chicken canned, boned 142 2500 1920 17.606% 13.521% 369.79

Plum 5.5 90 74 16.364% 13.455% 371.62

Parmesan Cheese 28 937 373 33.464% 13.321% 375.34



and somewhere in the lower set of the table, the water melon


Chicken noodle soup 241 219 166 0.909% 0.689% 7259.04

Cabbage, common 70 40 48 0.571% 0.686% 7291.67

Cream of chicken soup 244 215 166 0.881% 0.680% 7349.40

Dates 83 50 55 0.602% 0.663% 7545.45

Cream of wheat 251 98 166 0.390% 0.661% 7560.24

Turkey noodle soup 244 212 159 0.869% 0.652% 7672.96

Endive 50 32 32 0.640% 0.640% 7812.50

Oatmeal 234 78 147 0.333% 0.628% 7959.18

Eggplant 82 42 50 0.512% 0.610% 8200.00

Watermelon 160 99 94 0.619% 0.588% 8510.64 2.4mg/g of citrulline
Beet greens 38 20 20 0.526% 0.526% 9500.00

Chicken gumbo 244 161 122 0.660% 0.500% 10000.00

Squash, summer 130 85 65 0.654% 0.500% 10000.00

Grapes, adherent skin 160 24 78 0.150% 0.488% 10256.41

Orange 180 62 85 0.344% 0.472% 10588.24

Orange juice 248 22 117 0.089% 0.472% 10598.29

Corn grits 242 68 114 0.281% 0.471% 10614.04

Grape juice 253 25 119 0.099% 0.470% 10630.25



so why buy USD90 worth of supplements, when it is all there at the local market?
i guess alot of people just dont know, they make these pills and market them as miracles. but you are really just "eating" food squeezed into a button, which is much more tastier when it is not squeezed (and freshly cut, in the case of melons)

USD90 is alot of bread, peanut butter, ham/cheese and water melons !

and for water melons, some say its just a fruit, why the varieties. read this
http://www.knownyou.com/en_index.jsp?bodyinclude=PRODUCTCLASS&classid=9C8B16EC5695090B8AB8E3428C1AEBDBC001

his nick name is watermelon king, FYI watermelon may have a VIAGRA effect, the partial chemicals in VIAGRA is also found in water melons (a citrulline of some sort? but for melons, it is not engineered to facilitate a certain part of the body, it helps "relax" your entire body). over eating water melons can lead to a "high" (actually low blood pressure), that can be life threatening for some.


Generally, tetrapak has been used for many years to move
liquid food. but if the mode of transport is not cooled properly.
the consumer will not know if an opened pak will actually have
a shorter shelf life. i have blacklisted sheng shiong supermarket
for this flaw. how do i know? i consume 100s of paks per year,
you will be sensitive to who sells what in a proper manner.



this is what a 45gram blob of peanut butter looks like. dont save it, serve it
generously this hill will give you about 2.13g of arginine ! comparatively, to
get it with a slab of beef, it will have to be about 160gram. or 1.5 whole eggs.
for someone who have not eaten much watermelon for a number of years, 600grams of water melon have a very interesting effect.

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