How effective is zinc in treating herpes?

As you already know there is no cure for the virus that causes herpes. But there are things you can do to make your outbursts as rare as once every several years. These things can be classified in:
– taking doctor prescribed drugs
– taking supplements
– having the right lifestyle

Today, I will talk to you about “zinc” and how it plays a big role in managing the virus and making your life good. This topic qualifies as both “taking a supplement” and “having the right lifestyle” because you can take this nutrient from your daily meals too.

Traditionally, when genital herpes is first detected, the physician will prescribe you anti viral drugs. The doctor could start you off with a short course but it may be extended if the symptoms continue to persist.

A new way of treating this disease is through the use of zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral required by the body for maintaining a sense of smell, keeping a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes, and creating DNA. The current DV for Zinc is 15mg.

zinc supplements and zinc creams for herpesZinc may be able to help control the symptoms and heal blisters quicker. Zinc is important for the treatment of herpes symptoms because zinc is known to boost immunity by increasing T lymphocyte cells. These cells are vital for your body to fight against viruses like HSV1 and HSV 2.
Another way you can use zinc to help control your herpes flame ups is by applying creams and ointments on the lesions. Zinc is an important component in the enzymes that repair wounds, so the application of these creams can help improve breakouts. Studies even shown that the application of zinc topically on sores can shorten instances of breakouts by up to 40 percent. You can get zinc through various ways. You can ingest zinc through various foods, including beef, pork and crabs. But, if you want to boost your immunity through zinc, you should consider eating oysters. Oysters contain approximately 76 mg of zinc for a plateful of oysters.

In test tubes, zinc is effective against HSV-1 and HSV-2. In one small study, people who applied zinc oxide cream to cold sores saw them heal faster than those who applied a placebo cream. In another study, people who used a proprietary formulation with zinc oxide, l-lysine, and 14 other ingredients saw a decrease in symptoms and duration of lesions.

Top foods highest in zinc:

– oysters
– Toasted Wheat Germ
– Veal Liver
– Sesame Seeds and Tahini (Sesame Butter)
– Low Fat Roast Beef
– Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds
– Dried Watermelon Seeds
– Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Powder
– Lamb (Mutton)
– Peanuts

In conclusion, Zinc can prove to be an effective avenue in controlling the outbreak of genital herpes. Although it is not going to cure the disease, it can however, help in controlling it so that one can lead a normal life. It is important, however, to consult your physician before you start a new health regimen or take in new drugs.

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