Author: Site Editor Publish Time: 2021-10-12 Origin: Site
Lysine is an amino acid (building block of protein). Unlike some other amino acids, the human body cannot make lysine; therefore it must be eaten in the diet. Sources of lysine include meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and some plants such as soy and other legumes.
Lysine is taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin for preventing and treating cold sores (caused by the virus called herpes simplex labialis).
Lysine is taken by mouth to improve athletic performance and for improving symptoms of schizophrenia. Lysine is also used to reduce symptoms of canker sores, and for diabetes, high triglyceride levels in the blood, muscle strength, stress, and a metabolic condition called metabolic alkalosis.
Lysine is applied to the skin for bed sores.
How does lysine work on viruses?
The amino acid lysine blocks enzymes that all virally infected cells secrete. These enzymes cut through surrounding connective tissue (e.g. collagen). When lysine blocks enzymes it inhibits the spread of the virus in the body by limiting the effect of weakening this connective tissue.