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Lysine

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Lysine is an essential amino acid needed for growth and to help maintain nitrogen balance in the body. (Essential amino acids cannot be made in the body and must be supplied by the diet or supplements.)

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Lysine has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Cold Sores
1 to 3 grams daily3 stars[3 stars] Supplementing with lysine may reduce recurrences by suppressing the virus that causes sores.
Genital Herpes
1,000 mg daily2 stars[2 stars] Taking lysine may speed healing and help prevent future outbreaks.
Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star] Because shingles is caused by a herpes virus, some doctors believe that lysine could help, since it inhibits replication of herpes simplex, a related virus.
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