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I have herpes, I take Lysine daily (lysine suppresses the virus) & always avoid nuts (arginine promotes the virus). Eating a lot more nuts, when I forget lysine, I'm NOT getting outbreaks. Has anyone else noticed a reduction of herpes w/ Paleo/keto?

Answered on May 30, 2014
Created May 17, 2014 at 11:58 PM

I have herpes, I take Lysine daily (lysine suppresses the virus) & always avoid nuts (arginine promotes the virus). Eating a lot more nuts, when I forget lysine, I'm NOT getting outbreaks. Has anyone else noticed a reduction of herpes w/ Paleo/keto?

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on May 30, 2014
at 07:34 AM

Since going paleo/primal a year ago I haven't had a single outbreak. Prior to that I was having 6-7 small ones a year. I don't take any special supplements, just natural calm, vitamin C and a probiotic daily.

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on May 28, 2014
at 12:16 PM

Certainly! This is due to the amount of Lysine that is in the foods we consume. Having said that, at the same time I went Paleo, I also used Spam.

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on May 22, 2014
at 12:21 PM

I had my first cold sore for over a year recently due to sun exposure/dry lips I think, it healed in under a week rather than the usual 2 weeks, and the blister didn't grow nearly as large as usual. I also find just leaving it alone/don't get it wet is the best course of action, putting oils, iodine etc.. just aggravates it. I also dip in/out of ketosis regularly.

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on May 22, 2014
at 12:11 PM

I have the oral type and have had only one outbreak in the last year. I think mine is a combo of Paleo, but also the lifestyle in general. Avoiding stress has really helped me I think, as well as the diet.

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on May 20, 2014
at 07:16 AM

I've definitely noticed a difference, and I'm doing paleo quite inconsistently (which is still a big improvement). If I do have an outbreak, I go 100% paleo immediately, and it's amazing to see how quickly the coldsore heals. Sometimes it isn't even able to develop at all.

I don't bother with Lysine. I've found that getting enough sleep is the most important measure, as well as avoiding hangovers and smoking - and of course eating properly.

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on May 19, 2014
at 08:08 PM

I've read that upwards of 90% of the population may harbor a herpes virus in their DNA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_herpes_simplex). So, I wouldn't avoid nuts / seeds and supplement lysine every day, as that doesn't seem to be necessary for most of the population and acts more as a patch to the root issue. The question would be, why does your body have issues regulating the viral bits of DNA, while others keep it inactive. It seems like b vitamins / lifestyle changes help out, where you might want to look into genetic testing for predispositions. As b vitamins are found in fruit/veg/meat, basing your diet on fruit/veg/meat would be helpful.

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on May 18, 2014
at 05:28 AM

In the year I was vegan, I had a record of seven cold sore outbreaks. In the time I've been eating paleo, I've had one or two a year for about 3 years.

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