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Foods That Can Lower the Frequency of Your Herpes Outbreaks

Posted Oct 20 2011 3:42am

Genital Herpes is not a medical condition typically associated with diet; however, outbreaks of this painful virus have been linked to two amino acids. While the research is not conclusive, those who suffer from this virus are usually willing to try any remedy that may reduce the frequency and severity of herpes simplex virus outbreaks.

The has two types. Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) is more common and manifests in or fever blisters that appear around the mouth. Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) outbreaks are generally found around the genitals. Both types of the herpes simplex virus can result in painful blisters around either the mouth or genitals.

You should be aware that this herpes simplex virus is very contagious. Once you have herpes, you will normally always have it. While it may be dormant, it does not go away, but outbreaks usually diminish over time.

Research has shown that people with viral diseases such as herpes can benefit from a diet that is high in lysine and low in arginine. Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means it cannot be synthesized in the body and must be consumed through food, or taken as a vitamin or supplement. This amino acid inhibits viral replication. Experts tell us that a diet rich in lysine may reduce the severity and frequency of herpes virus outbreaks.

Lysine is found in many foods, great sources include * cheese
* eggs
* potatoes
* soybeans
* fish
* dairy products
* beef

The second amino acid that has been associated with the herpes virus is arginine. The virus needs this amino acid to replicate and so a diet low in arginine can inhibit herpes. Foods high in arginine are * legumes
* nuts
* whole grains


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