We give too much of importance for medicine and treatments to treat cold sores, but often ignore food and nutrition while fighting the disease. A well planned nutritious diet is the most natural and effective way to control cold sores.
Before you get in to the right diet and nutrition for cold sores, first learn more about the causes of cold sores. This page http://www.hsvoutbreak.com/what-causes-herpes-outbreaks provides you with all the information about the causes of herpes outbreak.
This article is about proper nutritional needs to control cold sores and some of the delicious foods that provide the nutritional balance needed to control it.
Several research studies conducted over the past decade proves that the Lysine – Arginine ratio in our food plays a vital role in the cold sores outbreak. Lysine and arginine are amino acids (amino acids = the building blocks of protein) that our body needs everyday. The herpes virus needs the amino acid Arginine to replicate at a rapid pace. Lysine on the other hand is proven effective in treating the disease. So foods with a high Lysine to arginine ratio are good at controlling the outbreak and those people who regularly consume foods with a high lysine content are less likely to get cold sores.
In addition to the ratio it is important to look at the absolute figures of lysine and arginine content. We need not avoid a food even if it has a low lysine – arginine ratio, if there is only a few milligrams of arginine in it.
Most foods that prevent cold sores have a high ratio of lysine to arginine. In simpler terms if there is same amount of both amino acids in a particular food, then the lysine-arginine ratio of that food is 1 to 1. If there is twice as much lysine as arginine, then the ratio is 2 to 1. Fresh and nutritious foods that have a ratio of greater than 2:1 are good for treating cold sores.
Foods With High Lysine Content:
Most dairy products have a high lysine to arginine ratio, for instance fat free yogurt has a ratio close to 3:1, and 1 cup of fat free yogurt has over 1160 mg of lysine to just 391 mg of arginine. One ounce of cheddar cheese, contains 588 milligrams of lysine to 267 milligrams of arginine. Lean meat, fish, eggs, cheese, yogurt, milk, yeast and soy products are high in lysine. Flounder is also rich in lysine and can be used as an effective treatment for cold sores.
Foods With High Arginine Content:
On the other hand it is important to avoid the following foods as they could trigger cold sores. These foods have very low lysine to arginine ratio. Peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, grains, oats, sesame and other legumes have high arginine content. Even vegetables are high in arginine content. Chocolates also have a high arginine content.
It is not mandatory to avoid all the arginine rich foods, you can enjoy them too if you maintain a good balance and a healthy lysine – arginine ratio. You have to create a Lysine rich diet that doesn’t deprive you of any nutrients.