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Lysine and Cold Sores - Amazing Medicine For Your Cold Sore

Aug 1, 2008
Lysine and cold sores? Yes, lysine is an excellent cold sore treatment, but only if used correctly. Please read this article to avoid a common mistake in how you use lysine for cold sores.

Lysine for cold sores has been proven an effective treatment by years of empirical data and studies.

But, first, let us go over what actually creates cold sores, fever blisters, and oral herpes outbreaks so we can see more clearly how lysine works for cold sores.

The process of the herpes simplex virus creating new virus causes the actual sore. This virus normally is dormant and hiding in the root area of the facial nerves.

When it becomes active, the herpes virus squirms to the surface through the nerve fibers and takes control of millions of surface cells to force them to create new virus.

Once the cell is full of new virus, the controller explodes it to release hoards of new virus particles. It is this massive destruction of surface cells you see as a cold sore, fever blister, or oral herpes.

There is one specific protein that must be used by the cells to create the herpes simplex virus. It is arginine, a common amino acid found in many foods.

Without this key component, the cell cannot create new herpes virus. The cell has many uses for arginine, and has a special area within the cell to store ample supplies of it.

Lysine is also a protein, another common amino acid. It also has many uses in the body. The cells store lysine in the same storage area as arginine. The more lysine in storage, the less room for arginine.

And, the great news is that lysine cannot be used to create herpes virus. Lysine is anti-virus in this respect.

If you flood your cells with available lysine, it will crowd out much of the arginine. This will make those cells useless as virus factories. The herpes virus will see this and go back into being dormant.

This often quickly stops the progression of a cold sore. It also can prevent cold sores, fever blisters and oral herpes events.

The key is to get more lysine than arginine in your diet.

You could decrease your arginine intake by avoiding chocolate and nuts. At the same time, increase your lysine intake by eating fish (especially flounder), cheese, yogurt and vegetables.

Although a restrictive diet such as this will work, it is a slow to show results. Also, it is often inconvenient or impractical. Because of this, many people depend on supplements to achieve success when using lysine for cold sores.

Lysine supplements are very cheap and available almost anywhere. The best choice would be 500-milligram capsules. The capsules disperse faster in the stomach.

Commonly, people will take two to four grams per day (2000 to 4000 milligrams) during a cold sore outbreak.

Lysine is a simple, common protein and is quite safe. For example, eating a pound of flounder would give you about 14,000 milligrams (14 grams) of lysine.

Some people also take 500 to 1000 milligrams per day as a maintenance dosage to help prevent cold sores. This does work, however, your body tends to get used to it and you will have to take higher and higher dosages as time goes on.

But stop. Do not be fooled.

Lysine will work very well for you if taken orally. But, if you put it directly on the sore it has very little value.

The reason I mention this is because there are cold sore remedies at the store and on-line that are topical treatments containing lysine. They may have other ingredients that help, but the lysine will add nothing to the results.

Lysine must get into the cells to fight and prevent cold sores. It does not absorb through the skin, but must come from your bloodstream.

Yes - lysine for cold sores is one of the better cold sore remedies for you. You may find that it can be many times more powerful when used with my other well-respected cold sore remedies. I wish I had more room here to share with you.

Whether your cold sores, fever blisters or oral herpes sores seem to drag on forever, or you are getting a lot of outbreaks, lysine for cold sores could be your biggest step toward lifetime freedom from the hideous cold sore.
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