Daily supplementation with the free-form of Lysine, an Amino Acid, has shown to be beneficial in controlling herpes along with a diet high in Lysine and low in Arginine.
L-Lysine appears to be an effective agent for the reduction of occurrence, severity and healing time of recurrent HSV infection.
In studying the relationship of Lysine and Herpes, researchers have found that in order to replicate, the herpes virus needs Arginine, another common amino acid.
Arginine (Bad *) is found in such foods as:
*Arginine is fine in a regular Diet.
However, avoid these foods when you feel an outbreak coming on. Lysine competes with Arginine for absorption and entry of tissue cells. When lysine is present, it prevents the growth of HSV by depleting the strength of Arginine.
L-Lysine (Good) is particularly high in:
Dairy (Especially Yogurt and cheese)
Added bonus: L-Lysine also helps with the absorption of calcium and the formation of collagen
For Prevention: 500 mg 1x/day
To treat an outbreak: 1000 mg 3x/day - up to 5x/day (max dosage: 5000 mg)
After an outbreak:
Reduce the dosage to 1500 mg / day for one week If you are prone to recurrent outbreaks, stay on a 1000 mg maintenance daily dose
* Whole Foods carries its own brand at competitive prices
Caution: Very large doses of Lysine ( > 10,000 mg = 1 gr = Too much) can increase the toxicity of aminoglycoside antibiotics (Ex: Gentamicin, Neomycin and Streptomycin) At such large doses, it may also cause cramping & diarrhea
Helpful Link: http://www.herpes.com/Nutrition.shtml