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Of the many biological functions requiring lysine, some notable applications include synthesis of connective tissues such as bone, skin, collagen, and elastin; synthesis of carnitine and the resultant conversion of fatty acids to energy; support for healthy growth and development in children; and maintenance of a healthy immune function.
Herpes Simplex Virus:
The herpes simplex viruses are responsible for anything from cold sores to shingles. L-lysine works to stop the growth-promoting effects of another amino acid, L-arginine. This slows down the replication process of the virus.
L-lysine competes with L-arginine for absorption by infected cells and inhibits the impact. One double blind, placebo control study showed that L-lysine supplementation significantly reduced the frequency, duration and severity of the symptoms and improved healing time of 27 individuals with genital and oral Herpes simplex infections compared to the control group (1).
Chicken Pox and Shingles:
Both Chicken pox and Shingles are caused by the Varicella-zoster virus which is in the Herpes virus family. Because this virus is in the Herpes family, it is thought to have the same dependency upon L-arginine for growth.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that L-lysine reduces shingles outbreaks and causes pre-existing outbreaks to heal faster. Lysine is a master repair agent in the body and taking it immediately upon outbreak, leads to faster healing of blisters and rashes caused by chicken pox and shingles (2).
Lysine Rich Diet:
If one has a herpes virus, it is advisable to go on a low-arginine, high lysine diet in order to reduce flare-ups and symptoms.
L-lysine is found in dairy, most proteins and many vegetables. Higher amounts of L-arginine are found in chocolate, tomatoes and nuts among other things. Use the chart below to ensure that the diet is higher in lysine foods, until the outbreak passes.
When I Use L-Lysine:
I use L-lysine supplementation with individuals who are prone to Herpes infections or are suffering with the herpes infection. This is part of my go to strategy, along with our Super C product, for individuals struggling with Chicken Pox and Shingles.
Adult Normal Dosage: 1 caps – 3x daily (away from food)
Adult Advanced Dosage: 2 caps – 3-6x daily (away from food).
Adult Shingles: Use 2 caps – 3-6x daily to help reduce itching and neuralgic pain. 3 times if not very symptomatic but up to 6 times if symptomatic. After itching and redness goes down, take 1 cap – 2x daily for a week. For ongoing support, continue with 1 cap daily and lysine rich diet to keep from reoccurrence.
Children: Use 1 cap – 3-6x daily to help with chicken pox. 3 times if not very symptomatic but up to 6 times if symptomatic. After itching and redness goes down, take 1 cap daily for a week.
One Capsule Contains:
Lysine (as L-Lysine Monohydrochloride) 500 mg.
Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, Leucine, Silicon Dioxide.