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Home > Research Department  > Supplement Articles > Lysine
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LYSINE
Articles by a Naturopathic Doctor ( N.D.)

Nothing is more embarassing than having a cold sore, Lysine helps fight the virus along with
angina, poor circulation and osteoporosis ...

LYSINE

Lysine fights cold sores and boosts the immune system
The amino acids that the body cannot produce, and need to be taken in through the diet, are called essential. Lysine is one of these amino acids.  Lysine plays an important role in the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates and fatty acids.  Thus it builds muscle (athletic enhancement) and rebuilds muscle after periods of illness or inactivity.  It is also a component of connective tissue and brain chemicals. 

Lysine is involved in growth and bone development because it increases the absorption and deposition of calcium.  Lysine and another amino acid, methionine, forms carnitine.  Carnitine helps cells use fats for energy production.

By competing with arginine for absorption, lysine limits the reproduction of herpes virus and prevents herpes outbreaks (cold sores).  Lysine improves cardiovascular health by removing components of atherosclerotic plaques.  It has been shown to increase the diameter of vessels and improve blood flow.  Natural health practitioners for angina, poor circulation, herpes simplex, osteoporosis, improved athletic performance, convalescence and high triglyceride levels recommend lysine.

The biologically active form of lysine is L-lysine.  It is commonly found in capsules.  Lysine and arginine compete for absorption so supplements of these amino acids should be taken at different times.  It is often combined with vitamins and anti-viral agents for prevention of herpes outbreaks.  Take amino acid supplements at least 1/2 hour before or after a meal to maximize their absorption.  If you take an individual amino acid supplement for longer than one month, add an amino acid complex to the protocol to prevent the deficiency of other amino acids.

High arginine intake will lower lysine levels.  Individuals with kidney disease should use lysine cautiously.

Lysine– QUICK FACTS

SOURCES

·  Cheese, eggs, fish, lima beans, milk, potatoes, red meat, soy products, yeast.

APPLICATIONS

·  Angina, poor circulation, herpes simplex, osteoporosis, improved athletic performance, convalescence, high triglycerides, COLD SORES.

OPTIMUM DOSAGE

· 500-1000mg daily. (Clinical doses may be higher as recommended by your practitioner).

WORKS WELL WITH

·  Vitamin B complex, vitamin C, bioflavinoids, calcium, magnesium.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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·  High arginine intake will lower lysine levels.

·  Individuals with kidney disease should use lysine cautiously.  

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