Foods That Help Heal

December 17, 2017

Cold sores go by many names, including fever blisters and herpes. They are caused by the type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV1). Approximately 40 to 85 percent of Americans have suffered a cold sore at some point according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Foods that speed up the healing of cold sores work by boosting the immune system which in turn may reduce outbreaks, viral shedding and potentially reduce the spread of cold sores. 


The top foods which assist in boosting your immune system are:

  1. Foods rich in L-lysine. This amino acid may help to prevent replication of the herpes virus. Foods include legumes, fish, turkey, chicken and vegetables.

  2. Orange and red vegetables which include antioxidants, such as carotenoids, bioflavonoids and Vitamin C to help with healing and elevate your immunity.

  3. Foods containing essential omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish to help with inflammation and tissue repair.

  4. Clean, lean protein-Eat at least 4-5 ounces of quality protein per meal. Some of the best protein foods include organic, lean and naturally raised meats.

  5. Zinc-required in many chemical reactions that help to rebuild skin and also protects the body from viruses or infections. Foods high in zinc include nuts, vegetables such as spinach and high protein sources.




There are also foods to avoid with an outbreak, including added sugar which suppresses the immune system, packaged foods, especially GMO’s, hydrogenated oils and grains which all weaken the immunes system and can intensify inflammation. Avoid acidic foods which can irritate cold sores and cause more pain and burning, such as tomatoes or tomato products, oranges and other citrus fruits and vinegar.

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