Amino Acid Extraordinaire: L-Lysine for Immune System Health, Viruses, & More!

L-lysine is an essential amino acid, commonly known as one of the building blocks of protein. It plays an important role in many internal bodily functions, including growth, energy, and gut health. Research is only just beginning to understand the potential of this nutrient, though several benefits have become clear.

Powerful Virus Protection

L-lysine is a potent weapon against a range of viruses, including Herpetic viruses like the Herpes Simplex virus.

What makes L-lysine so valuable is that it can inhibit the ability of viral cells to reproduce and move within the body. As this decreases the viral load on the body, it can have a preventative effect as well as lead to a decrease in symptoms.

There are hundreds of herpetic virus strains responsible for chronic illness and symptoms in literally millions of people globally. Symptoms can vary, including:

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Thyroid Problems

  • Canker or Cold Sores

  • Eczema

  • Migraines

  • Joint Pain

  • Colitis

  • Gut Health

  • Autoimmune Issues

  • Insomnia

  • Hot Flashes

  • Weight Struggles

  • Hair Growth

  • Aches and Pains

  • Neuropathy

  • Psoriasis

- and more.

The good news is that L-lysine has enormous potential to help with the severity of symptoms, as well as frequency and duration of virus outbreaks.

In particular, research has found that the majority of subjects with HSV found relief from the cold sores within 6 days of treatment with L-lysine in conjunction with zinc and herbs, compared to the typical 21 day outbreak. Other studies noted improvements in outbreak severity and duration for both the HSV-1 and HSV-2 viruses.

Immune System Support

According to New York Times bestseller: Medical MediumLiver Rescue by Anthony William:

“L-lysine enters the liver and acts as a smokescreen to all of the viruses that are responsible for liver disease and autoimmune disorders. Viruses hate lysine. It’s like the powder that comes out of a fire extinguisher—a viral retardant that deters viruses from proliferating. L-lysine strengthens the immune system in the liver and aids in some of the organ’s most important functions.”

Furthermore, this powerful amino acid is involved in the production of immune cells, decreases viral replication, and has a potent anti-inflammatory effect to the body’s nervous system.

  • Additional benefits of L-lysine include:

  • Helps the body form collagen

  • Used in the creation of carnitine

  • Increase absorption of calcium

  • Important for muscle turnover

  • Beneficial for workout recovery

  • May be beneficial in the treatment of cancer

  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and stress

L-lysine, like most other nutrients, is best absorbed when consumed through food.

Food rich in L-lysine include:

  1. Lean beef

  2. Lamb

  3. Parmesan cheese

  4. Turkey

  5. Chicken

  6. Tuna

  7. Shrimp

  8. Pumpkin Seeds

  9. Eggs

  10. White Beans

*We recommend choosing grass-fed, organic, and free-range food sources whenever possible.

Contact your practitioner for help finding a high quality l-lysine supplement and proper dosing for your specific needs and concerns.

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