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Natural Options for Herpes Outbreaks

Posted Jun 25 2009 4:59pm
Herpes lesions can burn and itch - a bad combination. Topically they can be soothed by applying organic cold pressed castor oil. The high therapeutic action by this unique botanical oil is becoming more widely known. Lesions can heal up in a matter of days; meanwhile the discomfort will be soothed.

Since we are what we eat, there are some dietary ideas below for your consideration.

Consume foods rich in the amino acid lysine – Studies indicate that herpes viruses extract lysine from the bloodstream, thinking it is arginine, as both have very similar chemical structures. Once inside, the virus attempts to use lysine to make protein VII (an arginine-rich protein that is at the viral core), but the attempt fails. Thus, the virus is unable to replicate. As such, lysine acts like an arginine substitute, which fools the virus and prevents it from replicating and causing outbreaks. Foods that contain high levels of lysine include most vegetables, legumes, fish, turkey and chicken.

Avoid alcohol which weakens the immune system and is a known trigger for herpes outbreaks.

Reduce your intake of refined sugars and aspartame. Well, there is nothing new here. This is a wise recommendation for us all.

Some people report success controlling herpes outbreaks by avoiding the consumption of all animal-based foods. Healthwise, the better choices of these are fish, chicken, turkey, and low-fat plain yogurt. We know that, in general, there are great benefits to eating a plant-based diet.

Do consume cruciferous vegetables daily. These include broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and bok choy. Cruciferous veggies contain an active ingredient known as the indole-3-carbinol, which has been shown to inhibit replication of herpes viruses. Individuals consuming these foods daily experience a decreased frequency of herpes outbreaks.

Lastly, avoid foods rich in arginine. Arginine is required for the herpes virus to replicate and can be found in peanuts, 80% + chocolate, and almonds.,The same holds true for dietary supplements containing arginine (e.g. supplements designed to correct erectile dysfunction).
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