Agmatine is a relatively
new compound in the supplement market that is gaining popularity. So why
is Agmatine useful and why do some refer to it as a "Super Arginine"?
What is Agmatine?
Agmatine is a metabolic byproduct of Arginine
produced through a process called decarboxylation. Agmatine is basically
Arginine with the carboxylic acid end removed. Agmatine produces the
byproducts Guanidino-butyladehyde and the polyamines putruscene,
spermine, and spermidine which are involved in cell growth. Agmatine is
found in tissues throughout the body and is synthesized and stored in
astrocytes, glial cells in the brain and spinal cord, which provide
structural and metabolic support to the nervous system among other
actions. Agmatine acts as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator with a
vast array of actions in the body.