Lysine. It sounds like some type of cleaning product that you would use to disinfect the kitchen counter after dripping chicken juice all over it (ew). However, it’s not. Lysine, also known as L-Lysine, is an amino acid which was once used as the primary treatment for cold sores before the pharmaceutical industry hijacked the market completely stocking their shelves with potentially harmful synthetic drugs and creams.
So what does Lysine do exactly?
Lysine is an essential building block for protein and can be found in beans and nuts as well as various animal products such as fish, red meat, and dairy. Lysine heps the body manufacture carnitine which is a substance that converts fatty acids into energy. In addition, it helps the body absorb calcium and form collagen which are both crucial for bone and muscle health.
The additional benefits of Lysine include:
- Increased collagen formation which promotes normal growth and development
- Helps with calcium absorption which can minimize bone loss and prevent osteoporosis
- Helps to build muscle especially when taken in addition to other amino acids such as arginine
- Can help promote weight loss by converting fatty acids into energy
- Can be used to treat and prevent pain and inflammation including headaches/migraines
- Can help reduce the risk for heart disease by lowering cholesterol
- May be used to treat viral infections such as cold sores, shingles, genital warts/herpes, and HPV (human papilloma virus)
As someone who suffers with cold sore outbreaks from time-to-time, I was intrigued at its ability to ward off the virus when I heard about it a few years back. After being plagued with another outbreak yet again, I was desperate for something to work…quickly. I decided to pick up a bottle from my local health food store and after carefully reading the description for several different brands, I decided on the
Quantum Health Super Lysine+ Immune System kind.
Instead of just Lysine alone, these tablets also contain additional immune-boosting vitamins/ingredients including: Vitamin C, Echinacea, Licorice, Propolic, and Odorless Garlic.
The recommended dosage is 3 tablets a day on an empty stomach in order to get the full effect. I noticed that although these tablets contain “odorless garlic”, you do taste a small hint of garlic when swallowing them first thing in the morning but it is nothing that is unbearable. I did not experience any digestive discomfort when taking these tablets.
I began taking these tablets the same day I noticed the first signs of my cold sore. I noticed that my outbreak was not as severe as usual and my cold sore appeared to clear much faster than with traditional treatment methods. Cold sores typically last anywhere between 8-14 days and although mine would normally last at least 12 days, after using this product, that number was virtually cut in half and I noticed tremendous improvement after just 5 days.
Now, I do not recommend prolonged use of Lysine as it can have some pretty serious side effects such as gallstone formation and an increase in cholesterol and triglyceride levels. However, I do believe that it’s an excellent natural treatment for cold sores that is both safe and effective when used in moderation following the suggested dosage amount.
YAY for Lysine!! pick up these tablets now, you won’t regret it 😉