Low in Lysine could be causing cold sores

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Research has shown that many people who suffer from cold sores are also deficient in the amino acid lysine. Lysine works by stopping the replication of the herpes simplex virus. Lysine supplementation has shown to decrease the severity and duration of an outbreak and can be used a preventative measure.

What You'll Need

  • Lysine supplements and some good quality fish and meat
  • 5 foods high in lysine are: Turkey Chicken Fish Oats Peanuts

What You'll Do

Tips & Warnings

  • Arginine is the main amino acid needed to create the herpes simplex virus, so if you are prone to cold sores avoiding foods high in arginine such as chocolate and nuts is a good idea.
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