Lysine for Herpes – An Internal Approach to Treatment

Why should you consider using lysine for herpes?

One of the things about herpes that could frustrate anyone is that it is not very easy to treat.

Some people take the pharmaceutical drug route while others opt for the more natural approach to remedy.

Each person reacts differently to medication, and a person infected with herpes could search high and low for years for that treatment that suits him best. 

You must have felt very upset when you found out that your old medication did not even lessen the symptoms. 

Lysine for herpes is one of the treatment alternatives available today. Since it is an amino acid, it's all natural. So it may be worth checking out...

What’s new in the treatment of herpes?

There have been so many research studies on the treatment of herpes. While some experts are working on faster diagnosis, others are trying to come up with new drugs that they hope to be the final herpes medication.

One interesting thing is that we can treat herpes naturally. You read it right. We can overcome genital herpes the NATURAL WAY! Wondering what that is?

It’s L-Lysine, or simply lysine.

What is L-Lysine, anyway?

Lysine is an amino acid that is naturally found in the food we eat. By taking in adequate doses, either from diet or supplements, this amino acid has been proven to slow down or even retard the growth of the herpes virus. That’s not all! Lysine for herpes also inhibits viral replication which means it prevents the virus from multiplying rapidly thus reducing the intensity and the frequency of herpes and cold sore outbreaks.

Where can you get lysine for herpes?

Lysine Food Sources

(Examples of lysine-rich food)

You can either get lysine for herpes in your diet or through supplements.

For food, you may drink milk, eat cheese, chicken, vegetables and fish.

However, food may not really supply you the adequate amount of lysine for your herpes treatment, which is why we also need to take the supplements.

Should you worry about possible side effects of lysine?

Well, not really. However, even though L-lysine is relatively safe, taking too much of it (more than 10 grams) may cause you headaches, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and nausea.

Aside from the dosage, you should also take note of your current medical condition. Are you pregnant? Are you currently taking other drugs, particularly antibiotics?

If you do, TAKE NOTE of these:

  1. Lysine supplementation is not advisable for pregnant and breastfeeding women. This is because, it hasn’t been proven safe yet to take during pregnancy.
  2. DO NOT TAKE lysine supplements if you have hypersinuria and hyperlysinemia — very rare genetic diseases.
  3. You may have already started taking antibiotics for herpes. If so, STOP taking lysine because it may increase the toxicity levels of your drugs. 

Some of the most common antibiotics that we use are:

  • Paramomycin (Humatin)
  • Neomycin (Neo-Tabs, Neo-fradin, Mycifradin)
  • Netilmicin (Netromycin)
  • Kanamycin (Kantrex)
  • Amikacin (Amikin)
  • Tobramycin (Nebcin, TOBI)
  • Gentamycin (Garamycin)
  • Streptomycin

Quick Reminders

To avoid overdose, dosage should be in between 6 to 10 grams of lysine per day.

Make sure that before you take the supplement, you have an empty stomach. This is to prevent the absorption of other amino acids into your system.

Lastly, CONSULT with your doctor. Remember, they are the experts.

Page last updated: January 12, 2014

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