May 18, 2013

Controlling Cold Sores with the Help of Food

Also commonly referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are painful infections which tend to appear around the lips, inside and outside the nose.

Though recently we have come to refer to cold sores as “herpes”, rest assured that there is absolutely no difference whatsoever between the two “conditions”. Herpes is just a way of making us self-conscious about cold sores and purchase pharmaceutical medication, and you have to admit, it’s working.

In any case, cold sores generally occur because of a virus called herpes simplex, and there are two types of it, with the difference being that type 2 is transmitted sexually. Once you develop it, the virus remains with you for the rest of your life, although it mostly lies dormant and breaks out during periods of duress or immune system depression.

There are plenty of other reasons, such as prolonged exposure to the sun, menstruation, hormonal changes, various infections, and even psychological depression and stress.

How Foods Can Help to Control Outbreaks

As was mentioned above, unfortunately at the moment, there really is no way of eradicating the virus… rather, we have devised methods to prevent it from waking up once it falls asleep. Fortunately, it is possible to achieve that without even taking any kind of medication (though it’s not the case for everyone) by eating the proper foods.

To begin, foods which contain lysine are a good start as it is an amino acid which interferes with your body’s ability to absorb arginine, which in turn directly affects the probability of an onset of cold sores occurring. Chicken, dairy products, eggs and turkey are all good sources of it.

Vitamin C bears many advantages for the human body, and amongst other things, it contributes to the production of antibodies and white blood cells, both of which are responsible for warding off various infections and viruses. Foods rich in vitamin C include berries, citrus fruits, melons and kiwi.

Finally, to top this list off, you should look to include beans, shellfish, whole grains and poultry in your diet as they contain a lot of zinc. What does it do? Well, to put it simply, zinc helps to keep your immune system strong and in shape, preventing the herpes simplex from taking advantage of moments when your immune system is weaker.

Foods that Help in the Fight against Cold Sores (Herpes)
Foods Nutrient Health Benefits
lysine Lysine is an amono acidthat may interfere with the absorbtion of arginine in the inestine, thus preventing the onset of cold sores
citrus fruits,
vitamin C A vital nutrient for healing body process vitamin C is also involved tn the production of anti-bodies and white blood cells, which work to ward off infections and viruses
whole grains
zinc Zinc helps to maintain a strong immune system, so that it can destroy viruses, which often opportunistically attempt to strike when the body is run-down

Cold sores are far from being the end of the world; they really are more annoying than anything. Before trying pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medication though, I recommend that you actually try to control your outbreaks with the help of food first; it won’t harm you, and if it doesn’t work, you’ll always have a plan to fall back on.

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