L-lysine for Herpes


L-lysine is one of nine essential amino acids. It cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from outside sources. Lysine promotes calcium absorption and is integral to the formation of collagen. L-lysine deficiency can result in anemia and reproductive disorders. According to studies conducted at the University of Maryland L-lysine can be used to diminish the recurrence of herpes outbreaks. However there is little evidence to suggest that L-lysine supplementation can help diminish the symptoms of active outbreaks. The University of Maryland suggests 3,000 to 9,000 mg of lysine in divided doses for an outbreak, and to prevent a recurrence, 1,000 mg three times a day.

Note: This article is not medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your specific condition.