Lysine is a building block for protein. It’s an essential amino acid because your body cannot make it, so you need to obtain it from food. It’s important for normal growth and muscle turnover and used to form carnitine, a substance found in most cells of your body. What’s more, it helps transport fats across your cells to be burned for energy. It also seems to play a role in absorbing calcium and helps the body form collagen, which aids in the growth and maintenance of bones and connective tissue (including skin).
– May Decrease Outbreak and Frequency of Herpes Viruses: most individuals who use L-lysine to treat cold sores rate it as very effective. Some studies support that L-lysine can help reduce the number of HSV outbreaks someone has, while others say that outbreaks happen at the same frequency but last a shorter period of time. Experts generally agree that L-lysine is unlikely to completely stop outbreaks altogether but may aid in lessening their severity and/or frequency.
– Reduces Anxiety and Otehr Psychological Symptoms: may help your body absorb calcium, which is another beneficial nutrient for anxiety sufferers, this may be one of the primary ways in which it helps treat anxiety. Along with kava and passionflower, a combination of L-lysine and L-arginine was found to be one of the most effective supplements for anxiety relief.
– Increases Absorption of Calcium: consuming L-lysine is associated with better absorption of calcium, which leads some to believe that it can help people with or at risk for osteoporosis. No studies have been done to date on the link between L-lysine and osteoporosis, but because of the important role calcium plays in bone health, logic suggests it may be a beneficial nutrient to supplement those with brittle bones.
– Helps Form Collagen: helps in the formation and, at the same time, prevents breakdown excretion of collagen. When you lack lysine, the formation of calcium and collagen is slowed down. This can lead to weak bones and is one of the leading reason why people suffering from lysine deficiency have fragile bones.
– Promotes Children’s Growth: growth hormone is stimulated by both lysine and arginine. Nutritional lack of lysine in children can stunt physical and intellectual growth. As such, it is paramount to give children enough lysine for their growth, either through foods or supplements.
– May increase HGH: some evidence suggests L-lysine acts as a natural HGH releaser, or HGH secretagogue. Because of this potential to stimulate HGH production, L-lysine supplements are often taken to improve athletic performance and enhance muscle growth.
Best L- Lysine sources:
– Dried Fish (Cod): 5769mg
– Lean Beef & Lamb (Roast Beef) : 3582mg
– Cheese (Parmesan): 3306mg
– Spirulina: 3025mg
– Veal (Cooked): 3025 mg
– Turkey & Chicken (Turkey Wing, cooked): 3110mg
– Pork (Lean Chops, cooked): 2757mg
– Canned Fish (Tuna): 2675 mg
– Soya Foods (Roasted Soybeans): 2634mg
– Fish (Tuna, cooked): 2590mg
– Goose & Duck (Goose, cooked): 2480 mg
– Seafood (Shrimp, cooked): 2172mg
– Pumpkin Seeds: 1386mg
– Eggs (Whole, raw): 912mg
– White Beans, cooked: 668mg