Citrulline supplements

Should you be taking Citrulline?

Alright let's delve into the world of citrulline supplements. Now I'll be honest; citrulline is gaining popularity in the supplement market, claiming to be the ingredient for health enthusiasts and exercise buffs.

So what's the deal with citrulline? Well firstly it's an amino acid that naturally occurs in your body and can also be found in foods. However here's the catch – taking it as a supplement raises citrulline levels beyond what your body produces on its own.

Now we have believers who sing its praises for its health and exercise benefits while skeptics raise an eyebrow. In this article we'll explore citrulline in detail – discussing its advantages, disadvantages and whether joining the bandwagon is worth it.

Let's begin with the basics. Citrulline, this superhero amino acid was initially discovered in watermelon. It's considered a component since your body can produce it naturally. However (and this is important) you can increase those levels by consuming foods in citrulline or, by taking a supplement.

Now comes the intriguing part...Citrulline plays a, behind the scenes role in the body unlike some acids that are focused on building proteins. Its main job is to take care of the cycle, which involves removing ammonia and ultimately eliminating it through urine.

That's not all. Citrulline also has the ability to widen blood vessels and potentially contribute to muscle growth. It's like a superhero in the world of supplements.

Now let's get into the specifics. Citrulline achieves its effects by promoting vasodilation, which basically means expanding your arteries and veins. This leads to blood pressure and improved blood flow. Enough it can even transform into another amino acid called arginine, which then becomes oxide. A key player in vasodilation.

Here's where things get interesting. Citrulline might actually be more effective at increasing arginine levels than arginine itself. This is due to how our bodies process these two compounds, which adds a twist.

Now let's shift our focus to food. Citrulline isn't just found in supplements; it can also be found naturally in some foods.

Watermelon is the star of the show. You can also find it hanging out in pumpkins, cucumbers, bitter melon and gourds. These foods are like a nutrition feast.

So if you're considering trying citrulline there are two forms as supplements – L citrulline, which goes solo and citrulline malate, a powerful duo with malate. But here's the thing; citrulline malate is the superstar when it comes to sports supplements.

Now let's talk about the benefits. Get ready – citrulline could be the hero for your blood vessels. It has the potential to widen your arteries, reduce blood pressure levels and even boost growth hormone production after exercising.. If you're a gym enthusiast it might just become your weapon for enduring intense workouts or dominating in the weight room.

How much should you take? According to research experts it is recommended to consume 3-6 grams of L citrulline per day or around 8 grams of citrulline malate. And here's some good news – there are no side effects even if you go high as 10 grams. So no worries, about a stomach ruining your workout plans.

Hey it's always important to know about safety precautions.

A study discovered that when taken in doses of, up to 15 grams there were no notable side effects to be concerned about. This suggests that citrulline is a well tolerated supplement option.

In terms citrulline can be likened to James Bond among acids. It's cool, versatile and perhaps even a little mysterious. If you're looking for blood vessels reduced blood pressure and an added boost in your workouts citrulline could be the ticket to achieving success, with supplements.

Kayla Thomas


Kayla Thomas, a 34-year-old sports and fitness coach living in Connecticut, USA. With seven years of hands-on experience, she's all about helping folks get fit and strong. Kayla's fitness journey began when she was a sports-loving kid, and she followed her passion to college, where she earned a degree in Exercise Science and picked up personal training and sports coaching certifications. But what really lights her up is empowering women through fitness, breaking barriers and making fitness feel welcoming for everyone. Her clients see her as not just a coach but a motivating friend. In her downtime, you'll find her swimming and cycling, always on the move. And you can follow her fitness journey on Instagram – she's all about sharing that empowerment vibe.