If you are curious about preventing oral herpes cold sores with food, you are right on track. Fact is, food can be a powerful ally (or enemy) in the struggle with cold sores.
CAUSE OF ALL COLD SORES, FEVER BLISTERS AND ORAL HERPES.
Cold sores are the visible damage caused by the reproduction of herpes simplex virus. It is a very destructive parasite virus.
The herpes simplex virus is normally dormant in the root nerve cells of your facial nerves. This virus will become active for the sole purpose of reproduction.
Herpes virus, when active, will move to the surface and invade the nerve cells there. Since it cannot reproduce itself, it forces the victim cell to create virus clones. Once the cell is full (or exhausted) the controlling virus executes it and it bursts open to release hoards of new virus.
A lot of cells destroyed in such a manner create the cold sore ulcer you see and feel. Usually now all the damage is done and the healing part begins.
ARGININE FEEDS THE COLD SORE VIRUS - LYSINE STARVES IT.
The main protein in the herpes virus is arginine - a common amino acid found in most foods. Without proper quantities of arginine your nerve cells cannot create new virus, thus avoiding another cold sore.
Your cells store arginine in a specific area within the cell because it is an important protein for many different functions.
Lysine is another very common amino acid that closely resembles arginine. The big difference here is that your cells cannot create herpes virus by using lysine protein.
Lysine is stored within the cell in the same area as arginine. The more lysine you store, the less room for arginine and the less likely a cold sore will appear.
If the herpes simplex virus senses an arginine shortage, it will give up and return to the dormant state.
FOOD ITEMS THAT HELP PREVENT COLD SORES
Most common foods contain both lysine and arginine. For cold sore prevention, you want food choices that have a high lysine to arginine content. The ideal ratio is 2 to 1. You should strive for this ratio from your entire daily diet.
Balance is the way to success. Don't give up the foods you love, just compensate with additional high lysine foods.
Most meat is high in lysine and lower in arginine. This is especially true for fish, chicken and beef. Eggs are an excellent choice too. Dairy products are rich in lysine including cheese and yogurt.
Good Wisconsin cheddar is excellent for lysine, as is ricotta cheese. Flounder is a fish that is extremely high in lysine - giving you about 14,000 milligrams of lysine per pound (450 grams) serving.
SOME FOOD PRODUCTS THAT CAUSE COLD SORES
If you suffer from frequent or long-lasting cold sores, here are a few food items that you may want to watch closely in your diet as they have higher arginine content.
High arginine foods include nuts, both grown in trees as well as on the ground. Grains such as wheat and oats are higher than normal in arginine. Sunflower and sesame seeds are healthy but high in arginine.
Most vegetables are higher in arginine, but not by a great amount. Watch out for carrots, eggplant, cabbage family foods and beans (dried). Chocolate is very high in arginine.
Doing without these very healthy foods for any length of time is not a good idea. Rather than do so, try adding additional high lysine food to your diet. Fish, eggs and dairy are great choices for this.
LYSINE SUPPLEMENTS - THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR COLD SORE PREVENTION.
Changing your diet is not easy or fun. But if you get a lot of cold sores - or they last longer than normal - you do need to flood your system with lysine.
The best way to do this for most people is by taking lysine supplements. They are cheap, convenient and very easy to find. Start taking them at the first sign of a cold sore and continue until final healing is complete.
Look for lysine in 500-milligram capsules. As an oral herpes cold sore treatment, six to eight capsules per day with meals is a common regimen. Some people take a capsule or two a day as a preventative measure.
Lysine is a great cold sore treatment. Used along with the other oral herpes cold sore tactics we now know about, lysine can be effective at slowing down - even stopping - your cold sores permanently.
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