Herpes Breakouts? Try Natural Sources of Lysine

By Dr. Denice Moffat

Lysine is considered and essential amino acid, a component of protein that our body cannot make.  Many people use it to assist healing of herpes sores. With other supplements, it can also be effective in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and hypothyroidism.  

Lysine can be used topically or taken internally as a free-form amino acid or eaten as natural food sources. Free-form means that the individual amino acid has been isolated from a protein source and is purely a single amino acid. Free-form amino acids are used specifically in righting deficiencies.

High lysine foods include corn, poultry, and avocados. Lysine acts to rebuild muscle and repair tissue.  Lysine is also important for calcium uptake in the remodeling and building of bones.  It also helps in the formation of collagen, hormones and enzymes.

Use a high quality amino acid, as they have fewer fillers and you get more bang for your buck that way. I use TwinLabs, Solaray, Source Naturals brands in my practice.

A few other tricks I use in my practice that is quite effective for mouth sores is to recommend that the affected person “speak their truth.” Once they release the emotions they are holding inside of them, the sores usually go away in less than a week.

We also carry homeopathic drops for herpes (HRPZ drops and Herpetic Nosode drops) that often help quite a bit. No product is good for everybody in this case, however and this particular disease often has to be managed instead of cured. The sooner you learn about your body and how it responds the fewer infections and outbreaks you will experience.

This is a transmissible disease so PLEASE tell your potential partner that you have it and let them make a decision on whether or not intercourse is appropriate. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Also note that some natural condoms do not protect you against this virus.

Herpes infection

Herpes sore on a lip.


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