View Full Version : What is the normal dose of L-Lysine for herpes?

08-30-2002, 02:36 PM
I know it doesn't work for everyone...but for those who do take it, I was curious in what doses.

Also, are there any draw backs or dangerous side effects to L-Lysine that are known?


08-30-2002, 05:47 PM
l-lysine is an amino acid, meaning it is a protein that your body already gets from foods you eat. now taking high dosages of l lysine have no risk of side effects what so ever, because it is an amino acid and your body can consume it , even at high dosages, amino acids are the building blocks of muscles. by the way, l -lyisne does nothing for herpes, even though they say it has benefits, that is up for debate

08-31-2002, 07:49 AM
Thanks for the info, Yone.

I think you will find a lot of debate on the Lysine is right! Especially here on this board...many SWEAR it does wonders for them, others agree with you that it is useless.

Thanks for your input.

08-31-2002, 06:37 PM
Well, I take it when I feel an ob coming on and they seem to go away very quickly, last time I didn't take it, and I had a full on ob. Who knows, phychological? I don't care! I take 1000 mg 2xs a day when I feel on coming on until it's gone.

08-31-2002, 07:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jmars:
<B>...many SWEAR it does wonders for them, others agree with you that it is useless.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Amino acids are tricky, because they can be blocked by other amino acids in their absorption or use by the body. For instance, I believe L-triptophan doesn't get into the brain if you've just eaten a lot of carbohydrates.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that herpes thrives in high-Argenine environments and gets stunted in high-Lysine environments. I don't believe this pans out in clinical trials, but in the lab I think this is how it is seen to work.

So it may be that you need to sustain not only high Lysine levels but also low Argenine levels. I'm speculating here, but the point is that benefiting from L-Lysine could be a lot more complicated than just popping a pill.

Argenine is found in foods like peanuts (I love peanut butter!!) and other foods. A search should turn up more information about what foods have high Argenine levels.