Cold sores are a condition caused by the infection of the herpes simplex virus. Nearly all of us have this virus in our bodies and it normally remains dormant where it resides in the sensory nerve cells near the site of infection.
The best way to both prevent and treat a cold sore is to take L-Lysine, take one tablet twice daily on an empty stomach. Numerous studies indicate that lysine supplementation can help to speed the recovery from, and prevent recurrences of cold sores. Lysine itself has anti-viral properties but additionally it blocks the uptake of arginine, an amino acid that promotes viral growth.
Lip balms and creams are very popular in the treatment of cold sores. Most of us know that coconut oil is very moisturising and is frequently used in massage oils and skincare products however the benefits of coconut oil are extensive. With particular reference to cold sores, coconut oil contains an active ingredient called lauric acid, a healthy supersaturated fat that fights fatigue and enhances metabolism in the body. Lauric acid is converted by the body into monolaurin, a powerful antiviral chemical that destroys the protein sheath which protects all viruses. It is for this reason that coconut is often recommended to be taken internally for preventing and treating cold sores.
New to the market is a lip balm combining the anti-viral properties of both lysine and coconut oil called Lysine Lip Therape by Lifeflo. This balm combines lysine with monolaurin and regular usage should help to prevent cold sore outbreaks and just in case you do get an outbreak then Lysine Lip Therape should help to heal the sore quickly. Use Lysine Lip Therape twice a day or as frequently as you would apply any lip balm on a daily basis.
If you experience abnormally regular cold sores then this is often indicative of nutritional deficiencies or a weakened immune system. A stronger immune system is more effective at battling against the virus replicating and may help to put it back into a dormant state. To support the immune system, I would recommend the use of Daily Immunity, a comprehensive blend of nutrients, probiotics and herbs that all play a varying role in strengthening our immune system.