L-Lysine is an essential amino acid which means that your body does not produce it but does require it for proper protein synthesis, enzyme production, collagen formation and tissue repair. That means we have to eat it and/or supplement with it. Excellent dietary sources of L-Lysine are found in animal meats, pumpkin seeds, eggs and white beans. The average person needs between 800-3,000 milligrams of lysine each day. Research and experience show that L-Lysine supplementation can be helpful for many situations.
- L-Lysine is a natural anti-viral and disease fighting agent, known to stave off infection. It is best known for reducing the severity and frequency of cold sores caused by the Herpes Simplex-1 virus.
- L-Lysine is important in the body in the production of carnitine, which converts fatty acids into energy and lowers cholesterol levels.
- L-Lysine plays a role in calcium absorption and helps the body form collagen, which aids in growth and maintenance of bones and connective tissue, including skin.
- L-Lysine in conjunction with B vitamins, magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids helps to minimize anxiety. One way it appears to do this is by binding partially to serotonin receptors to prevent anxiety responses, such as diarrhea.
- L-Lysine has an anti-inflammatory effect on the lining of the gut. Further research in this area will be helpful in healing leaky gut syndrome.
- L-Lysine has mechanisms through which it appears to be able to fight cancer, reducing tumor size and causing cell death in cancer cells without damaging nearby healthy cells.
As with any supplement, it is best to consult your medical practitioner to determine if L-Lysine might be a good supplement for you. It is available for purchase in our office.