Lysine ensures the adequate absorption of calcium; helps form collagen ( which makes up bone cartilage and connective tissues); aids in the production of antibodies, hormones and enzymes. Lysine is important for proper growth and it plays an essential role in the production of carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol.

Lysine appears to help the body absorb and conserve calcium and it plays an important role in the formation of collagen, a substance important for bones and connective tissues including skin, tendon, and cartilage.

If there is too little lysine in the diet, kidney stones and other health related problems may develop including fatigue, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, agitation, bloodshot eyes, slow growth, anemia, and reproductive disorders. It is extremely rare, however, to obtain insufficient amounts of lysine through the diet. Generally, only vegetarians who follow a macrobiotic dietand certain athletes involved in frequent vigorous exercise are at risk for lysine deficiency.

Lysine and Herpes

Recent studies have shown that Lysine may be effective against herpes by improving the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth. Eat eggs and baked beans for their high lysine content. Get 1,000 to 2,000mg of lysine a day. Just -1/2 ounce of provolone cheese has 1,110mg. Two eggs provide 900mg.

Pork is a lysine power-house, with one broiled, center cut pork chop providing almost 2,000mg.

A deficiency may result in tiredness, inability to concentrate, irritability, bloodshot eyes, retarded growth, hair loss, anemia and reproductive problems.

Food sources of lysine are foods rich in protein including meat (specifically red meat, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), nuts, eggs, soybeans (particularly tofu, isolated soy protein, and defatted soybean flour), spirulina, and fenugreek seed.

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