L-lysine plays a particularly important role in the immune system. It is
involved in the development of antibodies and has important antiviral
Studies show that this particular amino acid is especially beneficial for
safeguarding against the herpes virus. Lysine has been shown to decrease
occurrences of anxiety and it assists with the formation of collagen and
It is also involved in protein biosynthesis, especially in building
collagen together with the amino acids Glycine and Proline. An L-lysine
deficiency may, therefore, result in broken skin, fragile nails, and in
extreme cases loss of hair.
There is also evidence that L-lysine increases the effectiveness of
L-arginine in promoting human growth hormone (HGH) release. Studies have
found that HGH was increased when weightlifters ingested Arginine and
Lysine without exercise .
You may experience many health benefits when you have an adequate intake of
l-lysine in your diet, here are a few….
1. Cholesterol Management. In the liver, l-lysine converts
to carnitine which helps your body burn fat. Because of this fat-burning
ability, studies have shown that lysine in the diet may result in decreased
levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol.
2. Bone Health. Everyone knows that calcium is critical
for strong bones. L-lysine helps the body to absorb calcium and
decreases the excretion of calcium. Some studies also show that l-lysine
may increase the activity of bone and collagen-building cells. Decreasing
the loss of calcium and increasing bone-building activity may slow the bone
loss that happens with age.
3. Herpes Prevention. L-lysine may act as an antiviral by
blocking the production of the Herpes Simplex Virus. Studies suggest that
following a diet rich in lysine (or taking a lysine supplement), while not
curing the virus, may prevent outbreaks of genital herpes and cold sores
associated with the herpes virus. L-lysine may also help herpes sores heal
4. Proper Body Growth. L-lysine is one of the primary
components of proteins. Therefore, it is critical for proper body growth,
particularly in children. Because it helps your body absorb calcium,
l-lysine is also critical for growing bones and other tissues. Low levels
of lysine may lead to failure to grow due to a protein deficiency.
5. Anxiety and Stress Reduction. In 2004, the National
Academy of Sciences reported that lysine supplements can reduce stress and
anxiety in a population that consumed very low levels of l-lysine rich
6. Shingle Relief. Shingles are caused by the same virus
that causes chickenpox in children. With shingles, the adult will
experience a painful rash usually located on one side of the body along one
of the major spinal nerves. While not a cure for shingles, l-lysine may
help decrease the duration or intensity of the disease.
7. Pain Relief: Studies are being conducted to determine
if l-lysine acts as an anti-inflammatory. If it does, you may be able to
get pain relief from an adequate intake of this amino acid.
8. Heart Health. Finally, l-lysine may be effective in
decreasing some of the symptoms associated with angina. While the mechanism
of action is not known, lysine in conjunction with vitamin C seems to have
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