Arginine is one of the amino acids a healthy adult can sufficiently produce in the body. It can also be obtained from dietary sources. It is found in plenty of food products, of animal and plant origin. The list below has an example of foods with moderate to high arginine content, listed from high to low in each food catagory. The arginine content values are for the edible portions of the food items.

Arginine food sourcesArginine content (g /100 g of food)
Plant products
Peanuts, Spanish 3.13
Peanuts 3.09
Almond nuts 2.47
Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, dried 2.40
Walnuts, English 2.28
Hazelnuts 2.21
Lentils, raw 2.17
Brazilnuts 2.15
Cashew nuts 2.12
Pistachio nuts 2.03
Flax seed 1.93
Beans, kidney, all types, mature seeds, raw 1.46
Pecan nuts 1.18
Beans, French, mature seeds, raw 1.17
Soybeans, green, raw 1.04
Tofu, extra firm, prepared with nigari 0.66
Wheat flour, whole-grain 0.64
Garlic, raw 0.63
Muffins, blueberry, toaster-type 0.30
Onion, raw 0.10
Chocolate syrup 0.09
Animal products
Fish, tuna, light, canned in oil, drained solids 1.74
Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, raw 1.19
Salmon, Atlantic, farmed, raw 1.19
Shrimp, mixed species, raw 1.18
Egg, yolk, raw, fresh 1.10
Egg, whole, raw 0.82
Egg, white, raw, fresh 0.65
Pork, fresh, separable fat, raw 0.56
Milk, whole, 3.25% milkfat 0.08


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Arginine data source:
USDA Nutrient Database for Standard References, Release 19 (2006).