Lysine and Herpes
- How Effective is This Supplement?
Herpes - Does taking lysine supplements help prevent outbreaks of cold
sores and genital herpes?
It has been
suspected that virus such as the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which
causes cold sores and genital herpes, experience difficulty in
spreading when exposed to lysine.
After researchers found out that virus can be prevented from
multiplying in lab studies, they took their studies one step further.
Animal studies were carried out and again, L-lysine proved to be able
to slow down the spread of the herpes virus.
you can increase the amount of lysine in your system by taking
supplements, it was thought that boosting the levels in your body would
help to stop the virus in its track.
Indeed, one large study done in volunteers show positive health benefits of
using lysine in preventing the spread of the herpes virus.
See Cold Sores Home Remedies for some useful tips on what you can do at home to fight off fever blisters.
Several research studies were done by
different groups wanting to find out if indeed using lysine supplements
could actually work.
showed that volunteers taking lysine supplements reduced the
number and severity of cold sores, canker sores and genital
herpes that they experience.
This is a large study that
recruited 1,543 volunteers. 80% of the volunteers reported significant
benefits of taking the supplements.
another study involving 52 volunteers taking 1,000 mg of L-lysine three
times daily for 6 months, the subjects experienced a 2.4 times drop in
HSV infections. The reported symptoms were also less severe and healing
was faster as well.
As a note, this study was double-blinded and placebo-controlled, the "gold standard" for designing research studies.
shingles (herpes zoster)?
are no studies done
to see if taking lysine supplements could help treat shingles (herpes
zoster), it is thought that it might be helpful as well since this
virus reproduces similarly.
And for warts?
There are no
studies to show if L-lysine could be useful in treating
are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and in
theory, it could also be effective in preventing the wart virus from
There are other natural
remedies for warts
that work better.
What about a cure for herpes infection?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for herpes infection. The
best that can be done is to get the virus to go into remission and
never to reappear again.
How long does
it take to get results?
might have to very patient
to see good results. In one study designed to look at how effective
lysine is against cold sores, the subject took lysine
supplements for a total of 1 and 1/2 year! In another study, volunteers took the supplement for 6 months.
Of course, you could expect
to see results in a much shorter period of time, for example a week to
a month. Everyone experiences different levels of benefits from taking
For a FULL
unbiased review complete with a list of all the reported health
benefits, side effects and warnings, see Lysine.
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