Symptoms, conditions and causes

Avoid These Foods If You Have Herpes

Understanding Herpes and Your Diet

Herpes (type 1 or 2) can be influenced by diet. The goal is to limit foods high in arginine (an amino acid the virus uses) and increase foods high in lysine (which may help suppress outbreaks).

Foods to Limit or Avoid:

  • Nuts & Seeds: Almonds, peanuts, cashews, etc.

  • Berries: Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc.

  • Grains: Wheat, oats, rice, etc.

  • Beans & Legumes

  • Tofu

  • Gelatin

  • Eggs

Foods to Enjoy:

  • Meat & Seafood: Fish, chicken, beef, lamb, etc.

  • Cheese

  • Vegetables

  • Sprouts

Managing Outbreaks and Prevention:

  • Take L-Lysine: If you must eat high-arginine foods, consider taking L-lysine simultaneously. 3,000mg may be helpful during an intense outbreak, otherwise smaller doses for prevention.

  • Manage Other Triggers: Stress, excessive sun exposure, and a weakened immune system can all contribute to outbreaks.

Important Note: Around 95% of adults carry the herpes virus. It can go in and out of remission. Dietary changes may help manage outbreaks, but it's important to understand the broader picture of this common virus.

Last updated: May 24, 2024 14:37 PM