Lysine is one of 10 essential amino acids required for human nutrition. Dietary sources of lysine include meat, cheese, yogurt, brewer's yeast, legumes, and wheat germ. This article examines the literature in an attempt to determine the validity of claims that lysine is effective in reducing the frequency, duration, and severity of outbreaks of herpes labialis (cold sores) in patients prone to frequent recurrences.
Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2001;58(4) © 2001 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The Alternative Therapies column features short reviews of herbals and other "nutraceuticals" for which there is some scientific evidence of effectiveness.
Cite this: Lysine for Management of Herpes Labialis - Medscape - Feb 15, 2001.