There are a great many scientific discoveries that have shown the effects of smoking tobacco on health. These epidemiological observations, from the earliest of studies, showed a high and statistically significant incidence of severe health problems among smokers. Smoke is considered to be a factor in promoting the onset of certain diseases, affecting primarily the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. In developed countries it is considered to be the leading cause of avoidable death.
As well as the clear damage to the lungs and the entire respiratory system, smoke causes serious problems of the heart and circulation systems. It increases the possibility of heart diseases, stroke, arteriosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease. In smokers there is also a tendency to have increased cholesterol. Smoke increases the levels of fibrinogen and the production of platelets (both involved in blood coagulation), which makes the blood more viscous.
All these factors put smokers at greater risk of developing the various forms of arteriosclerosis. The more arteriosclerosis advances and the less easily the blood flows through the blood vessels, the risk of thrombosis, or sudden blockage of a blood vessel, increases. This can translate into stroke. Studies at the University of Copenhagen also found that smoke significantly reduces the probability of a woman becoming pregnant and is a risk factor for erectile dysfunction and sexual impotence in men.
In smokers, preliminary clinical data have shown the capacity of L-arginine to support the body in significantly improving endothelium-dependent vascular reactivity. The dosage of arginine should be adjusted according to medical opinion. Always consult a specialist before undergoing treatment in order to define the therapy’s timescales and methods.
The use of arginine is contraindicated for persons who frequently experience outbreaks of herpes virus. The L-arginine amino acid can reactivate episodes of the strain of virus.