Arginine and Walnuts

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   Posted 9/24/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
As many of you already know or have been told by your Dr's. The Amino Acid Supplement Arginine is an extremely beneficial addition to our diets during recovery from PC. Arginine increases blood flow as it is a precursor to the body's production of Nitrous Oxide

Walnuts contain a very high level of Arginine, a 100g serving which is approx 7/8 of a cup or 15 walnuts provides 2.5 grams of whole food Arginine

While there are many cardio benefits also from taking this food, it is a worthwhile snack that you may want to add
Age: 52
PSA (2008)=1.9
Biopsy on Jan 09, 2009
One (1) out of twelve (12) cores was positive, plus external nodule found
Gleason Score = 3+3
Surgery (Da Vinci, robotic prostatectomy): 4/7/09
Removed Catheter: 04/19/09
100% bladder control - Pad free 7/09
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   Posted 9/25/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I have read several reports that L-arginine does improve blood flow by producing nitric oxide, however it only works if your body is deficient of nitric oxide. L-arginine supplements usually come in 1000mg. tablets. Just a thought.
Age 65
Diagnosed 10/12/07
PSA 6.3
Biopsy 18 core samples, 2 positive <5%
Stage T1a Gleason 6 (3+3)
LRP  1/29/08
Gleason 7 (3+4)
1 positive margin (.3cm)
4/16/08- Started Bi-mix injections 
5/15/08- 1st Post-Op PSA 0.07 Undetectable
8/11/08 -2nd Post-OP PSA 0.02 Undetectable
8/15/08- No more pads as of today  Whoopee!!!
11/13/08- 3rd post-op PSA 0.02 Undetectable
03/02/09- 1 yr. post-op PSA .09 Undetectable
05/13/09   PSA .18 (ouch)
Started IMRT June 13, 2009
Completed 37 treatments July 31, 2009 (66.6gy)

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   Posted 9/25/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
An interesting study. All of the subjects were on a Mediterranean diet but those on the walnut supplement cut some monounsaturated fat intake to compensate (so as not to increase calories) The daily walnut intake was 40 to 65 g (equivalent to 8 to 13 walnuts)

I went out to the kitchen for a handful of walnuts while writing this.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads

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