Foods that May Help Reduce the Frequency and Severity of Herpes Outbreaks
The Canadian Government recently recognized that a diet rich in the amino acid l-lysine may help protect against oral herpes outbreaks. In fact, in Canada l-lysine supplements can now make a cold sore treatment label claim. The United States FDA has not yet followed suit. However, for those who suffer from herpes outbreaks a diet rich in l-lysine, and low in l-arginine is well worth trying.
The easy method of increasing lysine intake is to take an l-lysine supplement. However, you can also examine this list of foods that are rich in lysine (recommended) and those rich in arginine (good to avoid):
Eat these Foods Rich in Lysine (and low in arginine)
- Most cheese (and other dairy products)
- Apples, mangoes, apricots, pears (and many other fruits).
- Fish (especially flounder)
- Most poultry and meat
Avoid these foods rich in Arginine (and low in lysine)
- Most nuts
- Most seeds
- Many grains (including oats and wheat).
In addition, some experts recommend an alkaline diet, which consists of foods that are low in acid. Here’s a list of acidic and alkaline foods.
Eat these alkaline foods:
- Most fruits (including lemon, believe it or not).
- Peppers, asparagus and parsley
Avoid these acidic foods:
In addition, immune-boosting herbs might help. Garlic, Olive Leaf, Echinacea, Propolis and Licorice have a traditional value in boosting the immune system. In Chinese medicine, Astragalus is often prescribed for those suffering from oral herpes.
There is not a cure for herpes - but you may be able to keep the condition in check with a proper diet.