A weakened immune system gives room to the development and occurrence of various medical conditions and diseases including cold sores. Therefore, to alter the diseases, proper diet should be used to enhance the functionality of the immune system which in turn will mean better and quick recovery from disease as well as protection against recurrence. Proper dieting is very important to enhance the healing of cold sores.
A diet containing both arginine and lysine is often recommended to enhance faster recovery. Both arginine and lysine are body proteins that are stored in the same body tissues. What this means is that, for arginine to be stored it should be in sufficient amounts to replace lysine and vice versa. Now, the herpes virus that causes cold sores thrives in arginine but does not do so in lysine. What this means is that, high levels of arginine in the body will allow for the wide spread of the herpes virus while high levels of lysine will limit the spread. Therefore the best diet for patients with cold sores would include both arginine and lysine but in varying amounts such that lysine displaces arginine. With lysine in surplus, the herpes virus cannot invade the body cells thus limiting the number of virus being produces and the more suppressed the virus production will be the quicker the healing is expected to be. You can consider temporarily avoiding foods like oats, nuts, chocolate, multivitamins and body building formulas that contain high levels of arginine. Foods like eggs, chicken sprouts, brewer’s yeast, mangoes, papaya, beets, figs and numerous other fruits and vegetables contain good levels of lysine.
Your diet should also include an increase in foods rich in bioflavonoid, zinc and vitamin C. these nutrients are very essential for skin strengthening, protection and nourishing. The nutrients will also be beneficial as such will ensure quick recover from sore throats. Consider increasing your intake of whole grain products, sea foods, rosehips, black tea, leafy vegetables, legumes, lentils, beans and other healthy food products.