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Shingles Alert!

Maybe it’s just me, but shingles seems to be on the rise. Like any other herpes virus (e.g. cold sores) it may be helpful to supplement with the amino acid lysine to decrease the duration, while¬†avoiding the amino acid arginine (arginine can worsen or prolong the outbreak). Foods high in arginine are¬†turkey, pork, chicken, soy, dairy, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and peas. Talk to your ND to see if this is the right choice for you.

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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