Lysine, as a cold sore treatment, is a proven way to get rid of cold sores – and keep them gone. If you have a minute, let me give you the facts so you do not waste your money or suffer needlessly.
You may have heard about lysine as a weapon against the herpes simplex virus and the cold sores it creates. Perhaps you have even tried a lysine salve or lotion and been disappointed.
There is a lot of information out there about lysine – how and why it works so well. Some of the information I have seen is quite good but a lot of it is inaccurate. Let us take a look at what we know about Lysine today.
1. Lysine smothers cold sores much as water suffocates a fire.
Oxygen fuels a fire. Water starves the fire by removing the oxygen fuel it needs to survive. The amino acid lysine acts quite a bit the same way. The herpes virus cannot use it.
The replication process of the herpes simplex virus is the actual cause of your sores. Normally it is dormant and activates only when it senses an opportunity to create new virus clones.
The herpes virus cannot do this alone. This parasite virus enters your cells and forces them to create new copies. Then the original virus particle destroys the cell to release the virus, creating the visible ulcer-like sore.
2. Arginine, another amino acid, is the main fuel needed to create the herpes viruses.
Arginine, like lysine, is quite common in our diet. Arginine has many good uses in your body, such as reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood vessels. Weight lifters and cardiac patients often benefit by taking arginine supplements.
Unfortunately, if you are susceptible to these outbreaks, getting too much arginine will definitely bring them on.
Your cells store arginine and lysine in the same storage area within the cell. Space is limited so the more of one the less of the other can be stored.
By flooding your cells with lysine, and reducing arginine in your diet, you will effectively halt the herpes simplex virus because it will not have the fuel it needs to create a sore. Lysine forces out the stored arginine thus starving the cold sore fire.
3. Lysine will not work unless it actually gets through the cell membrane and into the cell storage area.
Lysine needs to get into your bloodstream and reach the interior of your cells. To accomplish this, you must take lysine orally, either in food or supplement form.
This is important to keep in mind because you will see cold sore treatment salves at the store that feature lysine as the main ingredient. It does very little good to put lysine directly on the sore. Your body and cells cannot easily absorb it in this form.
Most dairy products, especially from Wisconsin, are very high in lysine. Some fish is also an excellent source, particularly Flounder. In fact, Flounder is one of the richest lysine foods known – about 14 grams per 450 gram (1 lb.) serving.
Some folks report that eating one pound (454 grams) of Flounder in a single day wipes out their sores. If you like fish, this is a very clean and delicious choice anytime.
Lysine supplements (in 500-milligram capsules) are still the most convenient way of getting enough extra lysine. You can easily control dosage levels by the number of capsules you take. You may have to do a little experimenting until you find the right dosage for your individual success, but it surely is worth it.
People often find success taking four to six capsules daily while an outbreak is in progress. Between outbreaks, many folks take one or two capsules daily to help as a prevention measure.
Lysine is very safe but, as with any treatment, it is always best to start low and build up. It really does stand out as one of the top cold sore treatment methods today.
Keep in mind that lysine may not be the total answer for your individual situation. However, be sure to use it because it truly does work and will help. Lysine definitely should be a part of any cold sore treatment plan you create.