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Foods That Can Lower the Frequency of Your Herpes Outbreaks

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.  

There are two types of the herpes simplex virus. Herpes simplex 1 is more common and manifests in cold sores or fever blisters that form around the mouth. Herpes simplex 2 outbreaks are generally found around the genitals. However, both forms can result in painful blisters around the mouth or genitals.

It is important to be informed that this herpes virus is very contagious. Once you have the herpes simplex virus, you will always have it. While it may remain dormant, it does not go away, except that outbreaks may lessen over time.

Medical research has detected that people with viral diseases, like herpes simplex virus, can benefit from a diet high in lysine and low in arginine. Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means it can't be synthesized in the body and must be consumed through food or supplementation. This amino acid slows down viral replication and therefore, scientists say that a diet rich in lysine can reduce the severity and frequency of herpes outbreaks.

Lysine is found in a great many foods, helpful sources include:


  * dairy products
  * beef
  * cheese
  * eggs
  * potatoes
  * soybeans
  * fish

The other amino acid associated with the herpes simplex virus is arginine. The herpes virus needs this amino acid to replicate, so a diet low in arginine can inhibit herpes. Foods high in arginine include:


  * legumes
  * whole grains
  * nuts

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