TNT products are a special proprietary blend of 2 of nature's building
blocks, L-Arginine and Urea, as well as one of nature's most powerful
anti-bacterial agents Tea Tree Oil. TNT is unique in that it
attacks the problems of nail health from three different perspectives.
Each ingredient has a unique property which affects a specific problem.
Combined the product promotes nail growth, appearance and quality.
TNT is applied directly to the nail surface rubbed in to penetrate as much as possible, allowing the ingredients to work. Whether you already have attractive nails or you are treating nail problems such as nail fungus, TNT is an ideal product for promoting the development of healthy, strong and good looking nails.
L-Arginine: To Promote Circulation and Toenail Growth
TNT contains L-Arginine which works to assist in nail growth, increasing nail growth in clinical studies by over 100%. L-Arginine is one of the 20 most common amino acids found in the human body. Arginine has an important role in the health of the body where it function in assisting cell division, the healing of wounds, removing ammonia from the body, immune function, and the release of hormones.
By increasing the growth rate of nails, we find two positive effects. 1) Growth removes damaged nail replacing it with healthy nail as it grows out, especially after treatment for disease or infection. 2) The speed of growth of new nail fights against the penetration of new infections which normally spread from the end of the nail towards the nailbed.
Tea Tree Oil: To Fight Topical Bacteria
Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the Tea Tree of Australia. As a natural antiseptic, Tea Tree oil has been used for centuries. Modern scientific studies have proven its effectiveness against a variety of pathogens, most importantly it has been proven effective as a topical anti fungal agent killing multiple dermatophyte (parasitic fungi) which cause toenail fungus.
40% Urea: To Soften and Smooth Nails
Urea is a naturally occurring chemical in the body. Urea is ideal for smoothing rough nails by debriding thick nails damaged by fungal infection or through everyday wear and tear. By smoothing and removing excess nail buildup, finger and toenails not only look better, but the other active ingredients in TNT Cream perform better.
In 1998 three American scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, Ferid Murad, Robert Furchgott and Louis Ignarro * for their discoveries concerning nitric oxide (NO) as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. Prior to thier research, it was believed that nitric oxide was an environmental contaminant. These scientists discovered the power of nitric oxide as a mechanism of increasing circulation, regulating cell functions and killing bacteria. Specifically, their research spotlighted the importance of nitric oxide as a vasodilator, which is defined as a factor which results in vasodilation, or the widening of blood vessels. In action, the production of nitric oxide helps to expand the walls
In the human body, the sole amino acid which produces nitric oxide is L-Arginine.
Nitric Oxide is produced from L-arginine by the enzymatic action of nitric oxide synthase (NOS).
This occurs in the endothelium and the NO gas lasts only a few seconds but in that time it expands the capillaries before being
absorbed into the smooth muscle or red blood cells.
Thus the importance of L-Arginine to a healthy body can not be understated to a variety of specific bodily functions. As one of the 20 most common amino acids, L-Arginine is naturally found in all healthy humans. However as we age or become sick, other factors may present itself which restricts the mechanism that allows L-Arginine to function creating nitric oxide. This results in vasoconstriction, or the closing of blood vessels. The end result is a lack of blood flow, most notably in the extremities as the body works less efficiently pumping blood.
In the foot, this restricted blood flow may present itself as toenail
When the body's production of nitric oxide from L-Arginine is impaired,
conditions in which the body is no longer able to prevent fungal
infection may arise.
This is partly because the body's defense system requires an efficient flow of blood to fight disease and regenerate tissue. Because toenail fungal infection generally begins from the tip of the nail and moves to the nail bed, if a toenail is not growing fast enough, fungus can spread.
Another benefit of nitric oxide is that is that it inhibits leukocytes and platelets from adhering to vascular endothelium making their disease fighting powers act more efficiently. Finally it has been shown that L-Arginine also helps produce human growth hormone, further assisting the growth of nails.
Whereas Murad, Furchott and Ignarro's
studies were focused primarily on the cardiovascular aspects of the regulatory functions of Nitrous Oxide, Dr. Richard Jacoby
built on this information and studied its effects on the human foot and most importantly the toenail. Toenail fungal infection
is a disease that affects millions of people in the United States and around the World.
Until recently treatments for infections were largely ineffective using topical (8% cure) treatments or very dangerous using oral treatments. Dr Jacoby decided to use the knowledge gained by researchers on the importance of Nitrous Oxide to cardiovascular health and cell function to use L-Arginine to assist in the treatment of infected nails. Not surprisingly, he found that use of L-Arginine topically, improved nail growth which aids in the creation of new healthy toenails either with supplementary treatment using lasers, or on its own.
Arginine Therapeutics took these insights and developed TNT cream by combining, 40% Urea to soften and debride hyperkertotic nails, Tea Tree Oil to assist in fighting topical bacteria and L-Arginine to help promote circulation and toenail growth. In a 60 day pilot study performed at the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute on the efficacy of TNT Cream, subjects showed an over 100% increase in the rate of nail growth. Subjects also reported: healthier looking toenails, appearance of nails were less yellow and clearer, and nails were less brittle and easier to clip.