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Benefits of Lysine

benefits-of-lysineWhat are the benefits of lysine? Does it really help treat cold sores and genital herpes and other viral infections?

 Lysine creams and gels as well as lysine supplements are shown to be helpful in shortening the outbreaks and cutting down on the severity of both cold sores (herpes simplex virus) and genital herpes.

As well, there are some smaller studies to show that it might be helpful in treating warts as well since it is also a viral infection.

Lysine is an amino acid that your body is able to make and you can easily get it from your diet. Lysine is used by your body to make proteins.

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Research Findings

Many studies done in volunteers suffering from cold sores, canker sores and genital herpes show that lysine can help to cut down on the length of the active infection stage. The studies also revealed reduced severity and the number of outbreaks.

Lysine stops the growth of herpes simplex virus (HSV) in lab studies.

Of course, keep in mind that there are some studies that also show that taking L-lysine supplements made no difference at all. (This can be expected in practically all research studies. What to look out for are more positive results than negative results.)

In the studies that showed positive results, about 80% of the volunteers experienced significant health benefits from using this amino acid in treating their viral infections.

Can I get all the L-lysine I will need from my diet?

Indeed, it is possible. Lysine rich foods include dairy products, fruits and vegetables, chicken, fish, avocados, eggs and brewer’s yeast. It may be difficult to tell how much you are getting on a daily basis so a lysine supplement can ensure that you get enough and the same amount of it on a daily basis.

See our article Foods High in Lysine for a complete list of foods rich in lysine.

How do I know if it works?

If you keep track of the numbers of outbreaks and take notes on the severity of the outbreaks, then you can find out how helpful it is. Use the cream and/or take the supplements several months before giving up.

If you only get outbreaks once a year or twice a year, it may be difficult to say if it helps to reduce the number of outbreaks.

But, if it is severe or lasts a long time, taking lysine supplements and using lysine creams or gels may stop the viral in its track and make the outbreaks less severe and also speed up the healing process.

For further details on the benefits of lysine including recommended dosages, side effects, warnings and additional tips, see the full article entitled Lysine.

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Created: October 7, 2010

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