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Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - I of­ten suf­fer from cold sores, I’ve heard that Ly­sine is ben­e­fi­cial – is there any ev­i­dence be­hind this? Thanks, Rob.

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Hi Rob. Sev­eral stud­ies sug­gest that sup­ple­ment­ing with the amino acid ly­sine may help re­duce the num­ber of re­cur­ring out­breaks of cold sores.

A few stud­ies also sug­gest that ly­sine may help to shorten the length of an out­break.

Tak­ing ly­sine or ob­tain­ing more ly­sine in your diet, from foods such as chicken, fish, eggs, and pota­toes, may as­sist re­cov­ery and re­duce the chance of re­cur­rent break­outs of this her­pes in­fec­tion.

It’s al­ways best to con­sult a health pro­fes­sional be­fore tak­ing sup­ple­ments, par­tic­u­larly if you take pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion or have any health con­di­tions. I would also stress that zinc is sup­port­ive for the im­mune sys­tem and stress management tech­niques are also im­por­tant – of­ten cold sore out­breaks oc­cur when the nervous sys­tem is over­whelmed.

If you feel as though you may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing post-natal de­ple­tion, let a friend know and seek pro­fes­sional sup­port, such as the help of a psy­chol­o­gist.

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