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Lysine for cold sores.

One of the most frequent requests we receive from readers is for information on lysine therapy to share with their family and friends who suffer from painful and unsightly mouth sores. Here are the key points:

* The late Dr. Richard Griffith, a dedicated lysine researcher at Indiana University, recommended that cold sore sufferers take 500 mg of lysine (an amino acid) per 22 pounds of body weight daily. To calculate the appropriate dose, divide body weight by 22, then multiply by 500. A person who weighs 132 pounds would take 3,000 mg of lysine each day.

* Lysine supplements are available without a prescription, and treatment is most effective if begun when symptoms first occur. Look for supplements containing 1-lysine.

* Lysine probably works best when it is combined with dietary changes that restrict levels of arginine, another amino acid. To do this, cut down on gelatin, chocolate, peanuts, and almonds.
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Date:Jun 1, 2004
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