For most people, they from time to time suffer from cold sore. This means they have recurrent cold sore. In other words, herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) that causes the infection on their skin has been reactivated. Certain factors are known to trigger the once dormant virus under the nerve tissues of the face or skin. These factors include: stress, weak immunity, hormonal changes, bright sunlight, fever, cold wind, and certain foods. This article is going to highlight some useful facts on the food that cause cold sore.
When discussing foods that cause or trigger cold sore, what readily comes to mind is foods that contain Arginine. Arginine is an amino acid or protein that has been scientifically revealed to promote the growth of the herpes simplex virus. In the skin environment where there is high concentration of Arginine, the cold sore virus easily builds on this amino acid, replicate and become active. Therefore, it becomes really necessary to watch out for these foods if you have tendency of having recurrent cold sore.
Food with high concentration of Arginine to Avoid
There are foods with high concentration of Arginine which you need to avoid. This has become necessary to prevent the outbreak of cold sores. Some of the foods and supplements to avoid include:
- Drinks that contain Arginine
- Nuts like peanut butter, Almonds
- Muscle building formulas
- Artificial sweeteners
- White bread
- coffee or caffeine
- soda, etc
You should reduce your intake of these foods so as to prevent the reactivation of the HSV-1 virus from nerve tissues. In place of these foods, you can opt for foods with high concentration of Lysine — which is another amino acid that is essential for the body. Some of these foods include: eggs, vegetables, milk, yogurt, sprouts, avocados, beets, pears, figs, papaya, brewer’s yeast, fish, chicken lamb, etc. Apart from these foods, you may just need to go for Vitamin C rich foods, Zinc, and bioflavonoid rich foods. These help to keep the skin fresh. Fresh fruits, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Strawberries, Parsley, Black Tea, Lettuce, Rosehips, etc are good choice.