L-Lysine is an essential amino acid because the body cannot manufacture it. Adequate amounts of L-Lysine must be obtained through the diet. L-Lysine is most known for its use in the relief of cold sores and herpes viruses. It appears to inhibit the growth of these viruses. L-Lysine is a vital building block for all other proteins. It helps ensure adequate absorption of calcium and the formation of collagen (the fibrous protein which makes up bone) for bone, cartilage and connective tissue. L-Lysine strengthens circulation and helps the immune system manufacture antibodies. It also helps control the body’s acid/alKaline balance, influences the pineal and mammary glands and plays a role in gallbladder function. It is necessary for all amino acid assimilation and assists in the storage of fats. L-Lysine is a precursor for L-Carnitine which is needed for fat metabolism. L-Lysine also contributes to energy production when converted to Acetyl Coenzyme A, one of the principle fuels for the KREB cycle.
A typical therapeutic dosage of L-Lysine for herpes outbreaks is one gram - 3 times daily. You can take this as a regular part of your diet in hopes of preventing herpes flare-ups, or perhaps, at the first sign of an attack. There may also be some advantage to restricting your intake of Arginine or foods that contain Arginine, such as chocolate, peanuts, seeds, and to a lesser extent wheat.
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