If you’ve done any research on natural cold sore cures you may have come across information about L-Lysine. This item is a type of amino acid that is not produced by the body, it actually has to be ingested via food or by supplements.
L-Lysine has various benefits which are useful for a person who is looking forward to strengthening their immune system.
L-Lysine is known as a protein building block for the entire body. It has the ability to absorb calcium, which in turn helps the body recover from sports related injuries and surgery because it builds muscle proteins.
L-Lysine’s ability of helping the body to boost the immune system is well known and if you head to a local health store you will see a large range of supplements that you can take which have L-Lysine in them.
Different forms of L-Lysine
You will be able to find this amino acid in everything from:
Each of these forms will be sold in the L-Lysine form and you’ll also be able to find certain foods that contain L-Lysine as well. The foods that include these (which you should start incorporating into your diet to prevent cold sores include but are not limited to:
- Brewer’s yeast
- Fenugreek seed
- Low fat fruit yogurt
- Low fat yogurt
- Fruits such as apples, apricots and pears
- Milk – skim milk, goats milk and buttermilk
FAQS about L-Lysine
If you are to buy the 1000mg of L-Lysine you will find-
- Vitamin C as a natural ascorbic acid and from Rose Hips
- Zinc as an amino acid chelate, citrate and picolinate
- Vitamin B6 as Pyridoxine HCl
- L-Lysine as L-Lysine HCl
- Other ingredients that you will find include magnesium, stearic acid, stearate and cellulose
For the full effect of L-Lysine you will need to take it on an empty stomach. If you take it on a full stomach, any arginine rich foods will interfere with the L-Lysine’s affect on your cold sores. You will not get sick or irritate your stomach by taking this on an empty stomach because your body recognizes it as a protein building amino acid. Most of the foods that we eat today don’t state whether they contain arginine or L-Lysine so I’ve compiled a list of these foods that are high in these amino acids and may be of some help to you. Also, you can use the internet to find more foods which are helpful to you when you have cold sores as well as finding the arginine foods that you should avoid.
Foods that contain arginine:
- Chicken Soup
- Seeds, nuts, peas
- Cereal Grains
So what should you do when you have a cold sore and how can you use L-Lysine to diminish the time it takes to heal your cold sores?
You should take 2-3 tablets of your chosen L-Lysine supplement each day of your cold sores duration. As the supplement works best on an empty stomach, you should take it in between meals. Once the cold sore is fully cleared you can reduce the dose to 1 tablet a day. You may need to keep taking this supplement dose of 3 per day for another 2 weeks in order to guarantee that your body builds up its immunity against the cold sore virus. From this point onwards, you should actually start taking the L-Lysine as part of your overall dietary supplement as it can help your body fight off any future cold sore occurrences from happening.
If you are to develop a new bout of cold sores then you may actually need to increase the dosage back to 3 tablets a day until the cycle has been broken completely. You should only reduce this dose back to one tablet once the cold sore is completely gone. You should always consult your physician regarding the ideal dosage for your body.
You can buy L-Lysine here or click the image of the L-Lysine bottle below: