Lysine, or L-lysine, is an essential amino acid. That means it is necessary for human health, but the body can’t manufacture it. You have to get lysine from food or supplements. Amino acids like lysine are the building blocks of protein. Lysine is important for proper growth, and it plays an essential role in the production of carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol. Lysine appears to help the body absorb calcium, and it plays an important role in the formation of collagen, a substance important for bones and connective tissues including skin, tendon, and cartilage.
Lysine is a form of amino acid. It significantly reduces the replication or proliferation of the virus. It is the most effective way of managing symptoms related to herpes simplex virus. On the other hand, amino acid arginine has an essential role in the virus replication process. Therefore, the arginine and lysine are forms of antagonist in its nature. Herpes simplex virus is not curable, but the symptoms of the disease can be completely managed. Take a diet that is high in lysine but low in arginine. This way, the L-lysine can take its role in significantly reducing the occurrence of the disease.
It can be used against the herpes virus in the form of topical agent or taken internally as a form of amino acid. It means that the amino acid is isolated from the protein source to be a complete form of single amino acid. The medication is primarily used in righting deficiencies. Lysine cannot be synthesized by our body from other sources and therefore must be obtained from our diet. Arginine is both synthesized by the body and obtained from the diet. A healthy diet high in Lysine and low in Arginine can be helpful in reducing herpes and cold sore outbreaks. Taking an additional Lysine supplement can help to ensure the correct balance in the body. Lysine does not eliminate Arginine from the body. The idea is to balance the arginine level, not to deplete it.
A lot of people prefer to use natural techniques in treating their condition. It can be in the form of supplement (pharmaceutical medications) or alternative medicine. The use of lysine in treating herpes is a form of effective natural remedy. It significantly decreases the outbreak of herpes. Although there are foods that are high in lysine, you have to be aware that there are also foods that can exacerbate the condition. Do not eat chocolate as this can worsen the condition. Never ever consume a food high in L-Arginine. However, it is difficult to achieve nowadays because most of the food supplements contain L-Arginine.
List of Lysine Rich Foods
➢Legumes (Lentils, beans, peas)
➢Soybean products (Tofu, soy milk)
➢Cheese (Parmesan, Gruyere, Edam, Gouda)
➢Plain skim yogurt
➢Dried fruit (Figs)
➢Tomato, carrot or orange juice
➢Fruits (Pears, apricots, mangoes, bananas and apples)
➢Vegetables (pumpkin, peas, beets,cauliflower, celery)
➢Nuts (cashew nuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans)
For Non Vegetarians
➢Fish (sardines, cod, flounder)
➢Shellfish (Shrimp, Oysters)
List of Arginine Rich Foods to AVOID
– Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts
– Flax, sesame and most other seeds
– Any seafood that has a shell such as shrimp and oysters
– Grains such as wheat and oats
– Oranges, grapes and other fruits and berries
– Most vegetables are neutral but avoid rutabagas, winter squash and pumpkins, broccoli, carrots and corn
Fact is – it can be hard to avoid certain foods. Some should not be avoided. You will notice many of the foods on the avoid list have a high nutritional value and are important for your optimal health. You probably would not hurt yourself by avoiding these foods for just a week or so.
However, for optimal health, you should not avoid these foods for any length of time. Do not use avoidance of these foods as a method to prevent cold sores. To do so could weaken your immune system. This could actually cause more cold sores, rather than less.
An excellent alternative solution to avoiding foods you love is to increase your lysine during your cold sore event. Increasing intake of lysine will also help prevent future cold sores.
DO NOT FORGET! When taking a Lysine supplement find one that is manufactured from pure Lysine rather than a synthetic one and look at the other ingredients, avoid gelatin, dicalcium phosphate and magnesium stearate.