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)

  • Yogurt
  • 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).
  • Jello
  • Chocolate

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:

  • Beef
  • Beer
  • Sugar

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.

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