Can Lysine Prevent Herpes Outbreaks?

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How Does Lysine Stifle the Herpes Virus?

Both L-Lysine and L-Arginine play a distinctive role in the reproduction of the herpes simplex virus.

The sole purpose of the herpes virus is to make millions of copies of itself.

Nothing more, nothing less.

After infecting a human host, the virus retreats down the nerve fibers to the nearest neural junction or ‘ganglion’.

Once there, they lie dormant until conditions favor viral replication.

Every so often, a scouting party is sent to the site of the original invasion.

The scouts invade a few cells and check for the needed conditions and supplies to set up a new cellular "manufacturing plant". (This is where the human victim detects prodromal symptoms).

This consists of:

  • A weakened immune defense system.
  • An ample supply of Arginine (an amino acid essential for viral replication).
  • A high acid/low oxygen biological environment.
If the conditions favor replication, the invasion begins; if not, the scouting party goes to the surface and initiates a shedding action before retreating back to safety.

When conditions are perfect, the invading organisms travel up the nerves and attack by penetrating the Arginine rich cells.

Once inside, they hi-jack the host DNA and convert the cell into a virus manufacturing plant. This new production facility works like a dedicated Xerox machine with the copy counter set to millions.

When the Arginine is finally depleted, the cluster of cells making up the herpes blister bursts.

This splays the new virus copies out to the surrounding skin.

The sole purpose of the newly cloned organisms is to infect a fresh host and repeat the replication cycle.


How does L-Lysine Fit Into the Picture?

Good question!

Both L-Lysine and L-Arginine compete for the same limited space in the cellular structure.

L-Lysine takes precedence over L-Arginine. If there’s more L-Lysine than Arginine, the L-Lysine displaces the Arginine, thereby creating unfavorable conditions for viral replication.

On the other hand, if there’s an oversupply of Arginine, conditions favor viral replication.


If the human host detects the prodromal symptoms and takes in additional L-Lysine. The newcomers travel to the cells and displace the Arginine.

When the invading herpes forerunners discover that there is insuffucient Arginine present, the impending invasion is aborted.

To summarize:

  • The herpes virus must consume the proteins contained in Arginine to replicate.
  • L-Lysine initiates a quenching action against the herpes virus by depriving it of the Arginine used as an essential building block for new viruses.
  • Both Lysine and Arginine occupy the same location in the human cell.
  • Excessive L-Lysine ‘bumps’ Arginine from the human cell.
  • A high Lysine to Arginine ratio inhibits viral replication.
  • L-Lysine helps to avert cellular destruction, thereby either limiting the formation of herpes lesions or preventing them altogether.
  • An alkaline and oxygen rich cellular environment will prevent viral replication (see the Oxygen Therapy page).


Diet and Lysine

Both L-Lysine and L-Arginine are essential amino acids.

The human body is incapable of producing them, so they must be obtained either from the food we eat or from supplemental sources.

As long as we have more Lysine than Arginine in our system, we’re in good shape. Some scientists recommend a 60/40 ratio for optimal results in dampening or preventing herpes viral replication.

A sensible diet will enable us to maintain the correct balance between the two amino acids; therefore it’s important for us to be able to identify Lysine rich/Arginine poor foods.

James M. Scutero compiled a list showing the ratio of L-Lysine to L-Arginine Foods. He transcribed and calculated the list using data from Agricultural Handbook, 1-23, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The list was further refined by Renee Kohn of San Diego Homeopathy.

Download the San Diego Homeopathy PDF document here. Print out the document and tape it to your refrigerator. It will act as a quick reference when compiling your grocery shopping list and arranging your weekly menu.

In addition to eating Lysine-rich foods it’s important to balance your diet with a high alkaline regimen. Go to the The Alkaline Diet website and sign up to receive the alkaline data sheet, and keep both lists in the same place. You'll also gain access to their yummy recipe database at the same time.

It takes work, but I urge you to spend the time and effort regulating your diet - it will pay off big-time! (see our own alkaline diet page)on this site.


L-Lysine Supplements

Additional L-Lysine supplements are an important part of your herpes cure, but they must be natural supplements and not man-made pills (read the intro material at The Secret Heath Files website.

If you do a search, you will find a plethora of L-Lysine supplements out there. We've tried a few and highly recommend the Combined Lysine Formula sold by

Step up your L-Lysine intake to about 3000 milligrams a day when you first detect prodromal symptoms (tingling, itching or pain). This will either prevent an impending outbreak, or greatly reduce the severity and duration of the attack.

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