When you sense herpes sores is coming on, or in the course of an outbreak, changing eating habits can make a huge difference. Herpes simplex virus requires the arginine, an amino acid, to replicate, thus it can be helpful to avoid foods rich in arginine such as pork, bean curd, (pea)nuts, soybeans, chocolate, gelatin, coconut, carob, wheat germ, all whole grains, pulses and seeds, and crustaceans like shrimp and crab.
Foods High in Lysine
Foods high in (L-)lysine, another amino acid, can be beneficial in fighting the HSV – fish, especially halibut, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, cheese, milk, yeast-containing foods and brewer’s yeast, mung bean sprouts, potatoes, soybeans, lentils, spinach. L-lysine does not only lessens HSV symptoms and suppress the virus’ growth; it boosts your immune system.
It has other benefits as well like promoting calcium absorption (assisting in osteoporosis prevention), and aiding to keep blood vessels free from atherosclerosis (due to fatty deposits) that cause high blood pressure. Furthermore, it may be taken as a food supplement, but shouldn’t constantly be taken – just for short periods (like 4 to 5 days) during or preceding outbreaks.
Other ideas for managing or treating HSV:
- Oats, especially oat straw (whole plant), are a good tonic for driving away your nerve pains (neurasthenias) related to Herpes simplex.
- Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is good for weakened conditions of your nervous system – from neuralgias to depression and problems like herpes; mostly helpful in containing genital herpes.
- Garlic has antiviral properties: take in one clove daily raw, for instance, rubbed on toast, or chopped into pasta, salad.
- Zinc-rich foods such as pecans, pumpkin seeds, fish, ginger root.
- Plenty veggies and fruit, particularly vitamin C, and nutrients that boost the immune system in general.
- Acidophilus, such as in live yogurt, to improve nutrient absorption and digestive function.
- Moist coffee grounds used traditionally to bathe the affected area four times a day (HSV 1 and HSV