Lysine for herpes is the most popular and effective home treatment for genital herpes. Lysine is an essential amino acid. This simply means that it is necessary for human health but the body cannot manufacture it on it’s own. Lysine is a necessary building block for all protein in the body and plays a major role in calcium absorption, building muscle protein and also plays a major role in the body’s production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies.
Lysine has to be obtained through your diet or using lysine supplements.
Scientific studies have shown that the herpes simplex virus must have the amino acid, arginine to replicate. Basically, arginine is “food” for herpes and is a required amino acid for the herpes virus to become active, grow and basically survive. The primary benefit of herpes lysine is its ability to inhabit the metabolism of arginine.
Consumed in adequate doses Lysine has been shown to slow down or retard the growth of the herpes virus. This means when you take lysine supplements in the right doses your herpes outbreaks typically heal a lot faster and happen less often.
Studies also suggests that a high lysine – low arginine ratio suppressed the herpes virus from replicating. Although individual cases vary the optimal ratio seems to be 3:1.
To reduce genital herpes outbreaks eat a diet that is high in lysine and low in Arginine. Together, lysine supplements and a diet that is high in lysine and low in arginine are effective for reducing the occurrence, severity and healing time of genital herpes outbreaks.
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Foods that are high in Lysine and low in Arginine
Foods that are high in Arginine and low in lysine:
The dosage recommendation of lysine supplements varies from person to person but a typical dose to maintain remission is 500mg-1250mg daily. This was the amount of lysine required to affect the herpes virus in clinical research studies.
The recommended dosage for a person with an active genital herpes outbreak should be increased to between 1 to 6 grams (1000-6000mg) between meals to promote healing. However, we do not recommend taking a dose any higher than 3 grams or 3,000mgs per day (during an active outbreak). Following this guideline should provide you with enough lysine to effect the arginine balance and halt virus activity.
The reason that you should take lysine supplements for genital herpes on an empty stomach is so your body can efficiently take in as much of the lysine supplement as possible. Another reason is that the arginine contained in foods could still be in the stomach and interferes with the body’s capability to absorb lysine. If you take lysine on an empty stomach then you will not be ingesting any arginine at the same time.
Summing it Up
Lysine is a powerful and a very beneficial home treatment for genital herpes. It has been proven to be very safe and has virtually no side effects. Taking herpes lysine supplements with other vitamins and minerals that are known to be effective against the herpes simplex virus (bioflavonoids, zinc and vitamin c) can increase its effects by as much as 200%. A combination of these vitamins and minerals are proven to give better results than lysine alone.
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