What is it…?
Lysine plays a role in the synthesis of enzymes & other hormones. Supporting digestion & an optimal state of health within your body.
The History of Lysine…
Lysine was first isolated in 1889 from milk casein (a milk phosphoprotein).
In 1955, it was introduced in the United States as lysine hydrochloride. There was interest in adding lysine to bread in order to supplement the diet of those populations that were lacking, however this idea was not approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Starting in 1970, lysine also began to be added to animal feed – a practise that continues to this day.
What Does It Do?…
Studies have shown lysine to be helpful in the following:
- Prevention & treatment of herpes infections
- Prevention & treatment of cold sores.
- Increased calcium absorption in the intestine
- Treatment of headaches & migraines
- Treatment of pain
Where Does It Come From…
Lysine is found in the protein of foods including:
- Wheat Germ
- Brewer’s Yeast
…& other animal proteins
Optimal Amount To Take….
The recommended dose of lysine depends on the goals you are attempting to achieve…for example, for herpes treatment or prevention, 1-3 grams.
Still, higher doses of lysine are considered to be safe up to 100 mg/kg – the amount given to patients with Parkinson disease without any adverse side effects.
It is recommended that lysine supplements only be taken by adults, not prepuberial children. Also, lysine supplements should not be used if tests show too much lysine in the blood or urine.
You should also avoid lysine supplements if you have liver or kidney impairment.
If you begin to take a lysine supplement, be sure to look out for the following symptoms as they could indicate too much:
- Abdominal Pain
As always, be sure to check with your doctor before taking a lysine supplement or any other supplement to determine your optimal intake.
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