Herpes Food?

Herpetic outbreaks (i.e. coldsores, genital herpes) can be influenced by one’s dietary intake of two amino acids – lysine and arginine. Lysine is known to reduce outbreaks (a good thing), while arginine is known to exacerbate them (a bad thing). Below is a list of foods high in each amino acid (in no particular order):

Lysine

  • Lysine powder (your best option)
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Egg white
  • Game meat (elk, deer, etc)
  • Whole dry milk
  • Most cheeses (e.g. cottage (dry or low fat), ricotta, cheddar, mozzarella, edam; Dutch gouda and unprocessed swiss are the highest)
  • Apricots (dried)
  • Carob

Arginine

  • Sesame
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Nuts
  • Shell fish
  • Gelatin
  • Seaweed
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