Lysine Amino Acid
Lysine Amino Acid for Virus Protection and Increased Sexual Performance
The lysine amino acid, an alpha amino acid, has been found to be vital in the production of many medicines, as well as an effective virus treatment for cold sores and for increased athletic performance. Lysine is considered to be an alpha amino acid and is also a base amino acid along with arginine and histidine.
Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means it must be obtained through diet or supplements because it is not synthesized naturally in the body. It is found in small amounts in most protein rich foods, but it is found in exceptional abundance in foods such as:
- Red meat
- Many more
Unlike most amino acids, lysine can be easy for vegans and vegetarians to obtain through diet due to its high concentration in most legumes and other vegetables. However, many people may still choose to take supplements containing the lysine amino acid in an attempt to ensure they are getting enough of this helpful nutrient.
You may want to speak to your doctor before adding any new supplement to your health plan, especially if you are an athlete who is trying to improve your stamina. Your doctor can help with identifying potential reactions or health problems that may arise from adding new substances to your health regimen.
What to look for in a Lysine supplement
When deciding on which brand of Lysine to take, try to find one that is manufactured from pure Lysine rather than a synthetic and if possible, one that also contains other beneficial nutrients such as Zinc, Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids.
These compounds work in synergy with each other (in other words they work better in the body when taken together) and will save a lot of money in the long run if purchased in one combined tablet.
Vitamin C and Zinc help the skin to repair, regenerate and heal more efficiently and Bioflavonoids improve the absorption of Vitamin C. These supplements can help reduce outbreaks.
Vitamin C and Zinc both have wound healing properties and Vitamin C is vital to the production of collagen (a fiber that connects and strengthens connective tissue, such as the skin). Bioflavonoids are a natural antioxidant, free radical destroyer and immune booster.
Be mindful of artificially made nutrients
Many Lysine supplements are a synthetic version of the amino acid which have been made artificially in a laboratory. Synthetic supplements are usually cheaper to make and there is controversy about their efficacy compared to naturally occurring food substances which the body is accustomed to processing.
Three ingredients to look out for
Gelatin is high in the amino acid Arginine and should be avoided due to its potential to trigger herpes outbreaks. In fact, the whole point of taking Lysine in a supplement is to reduce the levels of Arginine in the body. So taking a Lysine supplement which contains Gelatin is not recommended.
An ingredient commonly found in supplements is Dicalcium phosphate. This compound can affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, particularly Zinc. This could potentially affect your body’s ability to utilize these and other nutrients so try and avoid this ingredient in multi-vitamins and Lysine supplements.
Magnesium stearate is normally derived from beef. We prefer not to recommend any supplements which contain animal products or are tested on animals, but this is a personal choice.