L-Lysine is an amino acid, a “protein building block” essential for cognitive function, treating internal and external injuries, and virus elimination – lysine inhibits / destroys all types of herpes virus.
20 amino acids found in nature are needed for cell creation and growth and only 10 of them are naturally produced in the body. Proper diet and occasional supplementation are needed to keep essential amino acids in balanced abundance, required to survive and thrive. Degradation of internal cells (aging) is one of the setbacks of deficiency, which often leads to other health issues – therefore, lysine is essential for good health.
Lysine is essential in carnitine creation, which is responsible for converting fatty acids to energy. It can also help the body form collagen and promote calcium absorption – this helps with skin tightening, bone strength, and maintenance of connective tissues. It can also help ward off illness and disease.
Lysine is protective against the herpes simplex (HSV 1 and 2) due to being an analogue of arginine. Arginine is considered a nutrient to HSV and promotes replication while lysine works in the opposite manner, preventing replication by preventing the virus from using arginine.
Lysine injections are commonly prescribed for cold sores which is a herpes breakout and treated by lysine. Cold sores often form around the lip area when immunities have decreased.
Lysine is much more than an arginine inhibitor. There’s strong evidence that it can affect many parts of the human biological systems in the body.
Lysine has the potential to leave healthy cells alone while inducing apoptosis in cancer-infected DNA strands. Lysine conjugates damaged cells / cancer-ridden cells of the DNA strand. Lysine has been reported effective in colorectal and bone marrow cancer treatments.
Lysine supports the absorption of calcium in the body. Calcium, along with other important nutrients such as magnesium, B vitamins, and omega fatty acids, all help to relieve the effects of anxiety.
Calcium, with support from Lysine, binds to serotonin receptors to prevent stress-induced anxiety symptoms. Lysine improves “negative and general psycho-pathology symptoms in chronic schizophrenia.”
Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) develop in high concentrations and large numbers in diabetics leading to infections and other diabetic-related conditions. Lysine is showing to be helpful in inhibiting glycation pathways to prevent the accumulation of AGEs.
Although there’s yet more studies to confirm Lysine’s role in acute pancreatitis, it does have a positive effect to suppress inflammation in the digestive system. Lysine reduces the negative effects caused to pancreatic tissue by arginine. It does this by preventing inflammation from occurring and by enhancing antioxidant activity.
Cautions: Those pregnant or breast-feeding, have moderate to severe kidney disease, have osteoporosis should avoid use of supplemental lysine due to excess calcium absorption.