In general, dietary requirements are related to changes in body processes under different conditions. Attacking herpes in an otherwise health body with lage doses of single nutrients such as vitamin C, E, A or minerals like magnesium or zinc, amino acids, etc. will have little or no effect. However, conditions such as chronic stress or unusual dietary habits can result in deﬁciencies that can affect immune system functioning and cellular repair. Correcting deficiencies is really what we are interested in here rather than making additions to good general nutrition. There can, in fact, be a danger of operating in favor of the virus with massive doses of single nutrients. For example, vita- min E is a fine substance that can enhance general resistance to infection. But megadoses can serve to inhibit many immune responses. A good multivitamin nutritional backup is a good idea. But anything else should be used only after a consultation with your physician.
LYSINE. A single amino acid that has received considerable attention because it is cheap and readily available, lysine is reported to inhibit viral growth by blocking the use of another amino acid, argenine, in virus manufacture. The ratio of lysine to argenine has been shown to be a factor in virus production in vitro (outside the body in a laboratory). Lysine and argenine are essential to many body reactions and are found in large quantitities in normal balanced diets - lysine in red meat, potatoes, brewers yeast and milk, and argenine in chocolate, nuts and raw cereals. There are no definitive results showing that altering the lysine/argenine balance has any effect on recurrences even though subjective reports from thousands of herpes sufferers appear to support the notion that lysine supplements help to reduce symptoms. There is no clinical proof of this. Lysine may be labelled as a great placebo.
The picture that emerges from exploring the medical treatment pharmacopoeia:
- Antivirals and associated research are providing optimism for the future. Large studies have been made in the treatment of ocular herpes, encephalitis, and herpes in immune-compromised patients. No substance can be said to prevent outbreaks of genital or facial herpes directly, although some individuals have been helped. Viral shedding may be reduced, but this is minimal help, since he rash is still there.
- Playing with vaccines and other immune modulators doesn’t appear to be a good idea, according to our current knowledge, or lack of it. Checking for deficiencies in immune function in cases that are more severe than they should be may be a useful avenue. These cases, however, are often linked to chronic stress. Removing the stress most often brings immune responses back to normal, with automatically reduced herpes symptoms.
- Dietary approaches are also less helpful. Additions to a normal diet will most likely do nothing against herpes, while corrections of diet problems may well have an effect.
In essence, while a few substances may help the body fight herpes, none can eradicate the recurrent virus. Go to http://www.medicalmingle.com/pommett/blog/2017/01/26/how_not_to_treat_herpes_virus to learn more about herpes.