The herpes virus often activated when the body has certain vitamin or mineral deficiencies. There is scientific evidence that links herpes outbreaks to the amino acids Lysine and Arginine. Avoiding foods rich in Arginine (such as chocolate, nuts, and carob) and eating foods rich in Lysine (most fresh fruits and vegetables) is recommended to help manage herpes. Additionally, eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins C, B, E, bioflavonoids, and zinc can help to reduce the chance of outbreaks.
It is sometimes beneficial to take nutrients in supplement form to ensure that your body is getting the correct amount of each. This can be a safe and easy way to help manage outbreaks, without the risk of side effects associated with prescription medication.
Having sufficient amounts of Lysine in your diet, or taking it in a supplement form, could help to reduce herpes and cold sore outbreaks. According to clinical trials, Lysine can help to restrict the herpes virus from being active and replicating. Lysine is an essential amino acid. It has the ability to help balance the production of Arginine, an amino acid required by the herpes virus.
Lysine is essential for wound healing and building collagen and has been shown to restrict the function of the herpes virus, improve the body’s ability to create antibodies, and improve healing of skin tissue. Additionally Lysine may help to significantly decrease the healing time of an outbreak and may help to prevent HSV recurrences.
Lysine is found in high amounts in most fresh fruits and vegetables, especially beets, avocados, mangos, tomatoes, apples, apricots, pears, figs and papaya; dairy products, eggs, chicken, fish, beef and lamb.
Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant vitamin. It is also beneficial for healing of skin tissue and boosting immune resistance against infections, such as the herpes virus. Low levels of Vitamin C have been linked to slow wound healing and vulnerability to infection.
Often called COQ 10 or CO Q10, is a nutrient that occurs naturally in the mitochondria of every cell in your body. It is essential for good health and well being. CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age. Your body peaks in coenzyme Q10 production around 20 years of age and by 40 is very noticeably low.
Powerful antioxidant properties are among the most important CoQ10 benefits, particularly in how they relate to slowing or even reversing the aging process. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals, which are groups of molecules with unpaired electrons that are known to cause cellular damage.
Bioflavonoids, also known as Vitamin P, are essential for the absorption and metabolism of Vitamin C. They are also an antioxidant and help to strengthen and maintain skin cells.
Bioflavonoids have both anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. There are indications that they may inhibit the infectionousness and/or replication of both TNA and DNA viruses, such as herpes. Clinical studies have demonstrated that Bioflavonoids combined with Vitamin C may help stop recurrent herpes blisters from forming.
Zinc is a trace mineral that assists all cells in the body, and aids in the development and repair of every tissue, including skin. It is very important in activating and enhancing the immune system, which helps the body fight off viral infections, and for repairing and healing the skin. In clinical studies people are often more susceptible to infections when they have low levels of Zinc.
If taken in supplement form Chelated Zinc is likely to be absorbed more efficiently by the body than non-chelated Zinc.
Lactoferrin is a protein derived from milk and is found in mucosal secretions such as saliva and tears. It helps protect the body against infectious microorganisms, like bacteria, viruses, fungi. Lactoferrin binds readily with iron, which deprives harmful microorganisms of this protein that is essential to their survival and propagation. It can also inhibit the binding of bacteria or viruses to host cells, thus preventing infections.
B Vitamins are essential to many functions of the body. Herpes outbreaks tend to happen more frequently during times of stress on the body or immune system. Reducing or avoiding the causes of stress can be helpful in preventing recurrent herpes outbreaks. During times of stress Vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, zinc and magnesium is used by the body. B vitamins help counteract the effect of stress on the body and they are easily depleted by alcohol, overindulgence and stress. It is important to maintain the proper levels of these nutrients in the body.
A B vitamin complex should be used if taken in a supplement form. This will prevent an imbalance because certain B vitamins are co-dependent on one another.
Monolaurin is an unsaturated fatty acid derived from lauric acid. It has been found to have antiviral properties against herpes. It has antimicrobial and antiviral benefits and protects against infections.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin. It has beneficial effects to the skin and immune system. There are many documented cases of the beneficial effects of vitamin E on healing of wounds, lesions, ulcerations and scar tissue on the skin.
Studies also suggest that taking Vitamin E supplements can protect neurons from injury or degeneration. Therefore, Vitamin E may be beneficial for nerve pain known as Post Herpetic Neuralgia that often remains after a Herpes Zoster (shingles) infection.
Applying the contents of a vitamin E soft gel, typically pure Vitamin E as alphatocopherol, directly to a lesion has been reported to speed healing of the sores and reduce painful symptoms by many who suffer from herpes outbreaks.