There are certain foods and amino acids derived from these foods that can trigger herpes outbreaks and equally foods that can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks. Although there is no ‘cure’ for the herpes virus, (bear in mind there is no cure for any virus at this time) by understanding the balance and relationship of these foods, you can learn how to stop an outbreak before it starts.
Arginine is an amino acid found in food that is required by the herpes virus to become active, grow and replicate, it’s considered to act as ‘food’ for the virus. A diet high in arginine is thought to trigger herpes outbreaks so it can be beneficial to know what these foods are and how to limit them.
Top 5 Foods That Contain High Amounts of Arginine:
1: Nuts, especially peanut butter
2: White Wheat
5: Protein shakes – (arginine is a protein and some protein shakes are known to contain large amounts so make sure you read the ingredients)
Arginine is naturally produced by the body so it can never be completely eliminated but by reducing foods which contain excessively high amounts and avoiding taking it in supplement form you can reduce its potential to trigger herpes outbreaks.
Lysine is also an amino acid found in food that has been scientifically proven to slow down the growth of the herpes virus and prevent herpes outbreaks.
When taken in high enough doses or in supplement form Lysine can reduce the frequency of herpes outbreaks by restricting the virus’ food and inhibiting replication (without posing any serious health risks or side effects).
5 Foods high in Lysine
5: Brewers Yeast
The recommended daily amount of lysine that clinical studies have shown to affect the herpes virus is 1250 mg per day. A 250 g pot of yoghurt will give you over 700 mg of lysine, and 85 g of Salmon gives you 1,500 mg of lysine.
If you compare this to the recommended dose of 1,000 mg of L-lysine 3 times daily, you can see that eating a 85 g serving of salmon will give you the equivalent amount of a 1 and 1/2 pill of L-lysine supplement (assuming 1,000 mg per pill).
Although food can have a positive or negative effect on how the herpes virus thrives in your body, reducing and balancing these foods should not be your main focus for preventing herpes outbreaks.
Your body’s ability to defend against the herpes virus is directly related to the state of your immune system, without a strong immune system your body is vulnerable to the constant threat of viral attack and illness. Lack of sleep, poor diet and excessive stress all contribute to weakened immunity and can trigger herpes outbreaks.
By addressing all areas of your life and making positive adjustments to your health and emotional wellbeing you’ll be in a much better position to permanently suppress the herpes virus.