Lysine is a building block for protein. It’s an essential amino acid because your body cannot make it, so you need to obtain it from food. It’s important for normal growth and muscle turnover and used to form carnitine, a substance found in most cells of your body. What’s more, it helps transport fats across your cells to be burned for energy. L-lysine is the form of lysine your body can utilize. It’s naturally found in food and is the type used in supplements.
Some reduce symptoms from HSV by consuming more lysine than arginine. They don’t have to eliminate arginine from their diet nor eat only high lysine foods. The trick is to keep the overall lysine count higher throughout the day
- Dairy – Yogurt, cheese and milk have 200% to 300$ more lysine than arginine. Parmesan, ricotta, cottage cheese, and plain yogurt are rich in this amino acid.
- Fish – Most fishes are abundant in lysine. Salmon, catfish, white fish, mackerel, trout, and sardines are just a few choices.
- Poultry – Chicken and turkey are good sources of lysine, with usually around 130% to 140% more lysine than arginine. Beef and pork are almost as abundant as poultry.
- Fruits – Fruits have less lysine than diary and meat, but some outweigh their arginine with much higher lysine. The best are papaya, mango, apricot, apple, pear, fig, and avocado.
- Vegetables – Beets, turnips, tomato, soybean sprouts, potato, celery. baking potato, squash and green beans have more lysine than arginine (greens like spinach and kale have about equal amounts of both).
Hope this helps.