I have had several comments and private messages about what I think is the best Arginine Pycnogenol dosage.
Why the confusion?
Basically, the question was whether there should be a loading dose initially and then a maintenance dose.
Prelox does this .. but it seems mostly to improve their margins (make more money), because there is no research to support a loading strategy.
Prelox costs approximately $40 per month, but you only get 1,500mg of Arginine and 40mg of Pine Bark Extract – when you take 2 pills per day, which is what they call their maintenance dose.
Now, it is interesting to note that in Europe, the two comparable products amitamin M forte and aminoexpert VIGARIN cost approximately 30% more, but you get 100% more Arginine and Pine Bark Extract.
They also include more nutrients, which justifies their price difference like vitamin E, zinc and Betaine (which further reduces Homocysteine – see below) in M forte’s case and L-Carnitine and coenzyme Co-Q10 in VIGARIN’s case.
Unfortunately, however, these tow products do not ship to the US, so here is my recommendation:
The Top US Product Combo
To get the best arginine pycnogenol dosage AND value for money, you will need to buy your Arginine and Pine Bark Extract separately.
The L-Arginine Plus will cost you approximately $108 (i.e. $36 per month) over three months on amazon.com. NOW foods Pine Bark Extract which costs $14 for 90 caps, which will last you three months.
In total therefore, you will spend approx $122 over three months or just over 40 bucks a month, not bad.
The L-Arginine Plus also includes a load of other nutrients (vitamin C, D), but most notably the vitamin B complex (B6,B9,B12), which has been shown to reduce homocysteine.
With this combo you get a massive dose of 5,000mg of Arginine powder + 240mg of Pine bark Extract for about 40 per month
What else you do you need?
Unfortunately, L-Arginine Plus does not include
- zinc (up to 20mg per day),
- omega-3 (up to 3,000 mg per day yielding approx. 300mg DHA and 500mg EPA – depending on the quality) and
- L-Carnitine (up to 5,000 mg per day).
Lots of clinical research studies have shown that all of these nutrients benefit male health, energy levels, immunity, testosterone level and reduce the risk of illnesses. I therefore included them in my post about the top 5 ERECTION supplements.
Only you will know
Ultimately, only you can decide for yourself what you are willing to spend to enjoy better health and insure yourself against cardiovascular disease like heard attack and strokes.
There are generally no side effects expected when these nutrients (also often now called nutraceuticals by the way) are taken in normal doses.
Please research the doses yourself if you are not sure & speak to your GP/doc/physician/pharmacist – it is important that they approve!
The supplements can quite easily become part of your daily routine, when you just taken them with water, which you need to drink lots of anyway
Personally, I have been on a cocktail of Arginine, Pine Bark Extract, omega-3, 20mg zinc, BCAAs, vitamin C, E, B9 etc for about 2 years now. This probably costs me about $50 per month, but my belief is that this is a natural, heath insurance.
I am lucky I enjoy excellent health and I try to appreciate it every day, because once it is gone, we would all pay every money in the world to get it back.
In the meantime it makes me and my girlfriend very happy! 🙂