Lysine as a Herpes Treatment: Is it worth it?

When seeking out information about treating herpes lysine is surely to come up as an option. Let us take a look at this controversial treatment and weigh the pros and cons. We will define what lysine is and how it can be helpful to treat herpes. We will also review some of the cons to this treatment option.

What is it?

Lysine is an amino acid. It is not naturally produced by the body, but it is essential to the body. It can assist the body in numerous ways. Studies have indicated that Lysine will help the intestinal tract absorb calcium from the blood stream, it also decreases the excretion of the calcium making it available for the bones to absorb. It is also reported to help the body build muscle, decrease the blood glucose levels, and even reduce anxiety. Lysine has also been associated with decreasing pain, and detoxifying the body after using heroin. However, the most popular use of Lysine has been the treatment of various forms of herpes. Lysine can be purchased almost anywhere that vitamin and dietary supplements are sold. It is provided in pill format.


Lysine is easy to obtain, comparatively inexpensive, and well tolerated by the majority of people. To treat herpes lysine is usually recommended on a daily basis. Most references suggest one to three grams daily. Higher dosing can be used to address breakouts. The maximum recommended dose is four grams. A person should not take high doses for greater than two weeks. The general consensus is that if you are going to take it daily for greater than six months you should not exceed one gram (1000 milligrams) per day. Unfortunately, a study has found at that dosage lysine had no impact on genital herpes recurrences. The longest recommended dosing is twelve months. The user should stop taking the supplement for a period of time before restarting therapy. The average diet supplies sufficient lysine to keep the body running smoothly. Lysine can be found in eggs, cheese, milk, potatoes, meat, and fish. The majority of people do not require lysine supplementation for the body’s normal functions.


As with anything there are cons to balance the pros. Although well tolerated by most people, there are enough reports of stomach pain and diarrhea to make these symptoms the most common side effects. Treating herpes outbreaks during pregnancy is still controversial. There are just as many people who support it as there are that caution against it. There has not been enough medical research done to support or denounce the herpes lysine issue for pregnant women. Another concern is kidney disease. Lysine is excreted through the kidney systems, so anyone with decreased kidney function should not take Lysine supplements. Calcium supplements should not be taking when using lysine. Taking these two together can lead to toxic levels of calcium in the body. Also the long-term use of lysine may deplete the body of arginine another amino-acid which is known to support herpes replication but also supports heart and muscles functions. Arginine deficiency  can lead among other things to skin rashes, slowed down wound healing, liver malfunction and constipation, not anyone with herpes would desire.


So what is the best way to use lysine for herpes?

Timing is the key to using lysine. Think about why you are using the drug and what you hope to achieve.

If you have a herpes breakout and just want to decrease the pain and speed the recovery, use lysine in a high dose for one  week.

If you have been experiencing several breakouts and want to break the cycle, using the supplement in low doses for six to twelve months may not bring you the results you desire. That is why I do not recommend it. Long-term high lysine intake may cause from unpleasant to harmful side-effects and I think you should really avoid it. If you must take it because you believe what you need (I don’t), please pay attention to your body’s reactions to the supplement and stop it if you notice any changes.

For those suffering from herpes lysine can be a viable short-term solution and is most useful if used at the very early stages of an outbreak. In my program, Herpes Antidote, I teach you when you are most likely to have an outbreak so that you can use lysine at its most potent and useful levels. Go back to the home page to read more.

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7 Responses to Lysine as a Herpes Treatment: Is it worth it?

  1. Is that shit common knowledge or am I simply so thick that I never put two and two together?

  2. Johanna says:

    I contracted herpes about 18 yrs ago. I have consistently used lysine throughout the years to deal with it. Lysine keeps the virus at bay and allows me to enjoy foods rich in argenine (which will bring on an occurance) that I otherwise would have had to wipe out of my diet. For example: chocolate! If I want to eat argenine rich foods, I just increase my lysine intake for about a week. I haven’t had an occurance in over 17 yrs and have never infected anyone else. For me, lysine is the cure!

  3. Roberto says:

    he tenido 4 recuerrencias de herpes tipo2 en los ultimos 3 meses! he prbado el valtrex y no me ha hecho efecto y no quiero tomarlo mas por miedo a los efectos secundarios que pueden dañar mis riñones , actualmente estoy tomando lisina de 1.5 mg al dia; no se si sera la dosis recomendada!! me gustaria que me ayuden! cada vez me siento mas desesperado por este problema!

  4. Laura Jane Jones says:

    Okay, so here are my top immune system builder which generally helps keep herpes at bay….. I usually use my discernment as to how I am feeling… if I have high stress levels I live to this more stringently…. otherwise I follow it a bit more loosely….! Good luck….!

    1) Cut way back on sweets, sugar they hamper your immune system.

    2) Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and Organic where possible….i.e the fresher the better….!

    3) Cut out Wheat / Gluten..!! If this is a new concept, there are lots of alternatives like Quinoa, rice of course is okay – wheat free pastas there are corn, millet and rice the best are the mixed ones .

    4) Cut out alcohol, particularly when you know a flare up is coming on.

    5) L-lysine – 1000mg at night about an hour before bedtime.

    7) Magnesium, 500mg (500g max if you generally suffer from constipated, however go for a lower if you suffer more with diahreah) 1 capsule at night with the Lysine. It helps relax you, promotes a good night sleep and helps detox and balance hormones.

    8) Liquid Chlorophyll for a good detox, helps neutralise any acidity in the system and help curb cravings. Dilute with water to make a dark green drink you can’t quite see through. Drink two glasses per day – helps you feel fresh and is yummy…!

    9) Olive leaf extract, 1 500mg capsule 4 times per day for its antiviral properties.

    10) I take about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil every day, it’s a great digestive aid and is anti viral. Tastes a bit funny to begin with, but once you get used to it, you’ll miss it if it’s not there…!

    11) Fish oil too with high levels of EPH and EHA to help brain function and mood lifting among it’s many benefits.

    12) A good multi vitamin.

    13) Exercise regularly when you can. Lifts your spirits and strengthens your immune system by 300%…!!! So one of the best immune builders plus also makes you feel great…!

    Good luck! x

    • Blaque Butterfly says:

      For the fish oil does it only come in the gelcaps because I read that gelatin can cause outbreaks as well.

      • NFOY says:

        I’m not sure why someone would write that. I take Krill oil an fish oil quite regularly and it has never caused any problem. It’s great for women who tend to have herpes during menstruation.
        You can read more about it at Herpes, women and hormones on this website.

  5. NFOY says:

    Lots of good advice. Congratulations Laura.

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