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Lysine is a very important amino acid for the body, as it has antiviral action that helps to fight virus infections and also facilitates the absorption of calcium. However, this amino acid is not produced by the human body, which means that it needs to be ingested through food.

Foods rich in lysine are mainly milk, soy and meat. The consumption of this type of food is especially recommended for people with herpes, because it helps to decrease the replication of the herpes simplex virus, reducing its recurrence, severity and recovery time.

What is lysine for?

Lysine is used to fight virus infections, as it has antiviral properties and is very effective for osteoporosis, as it helps to increase calcium absorption. In addition, it is important in bone and muscle development in children, as it participates in the activity of growth hormone.

Lysine is also a component of the medicine ketoprofen lysinate, which is indicated for various diseases such as arthrosis, periarthritis, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, acute joint rheumatism, low back pain / lumbosciatic pain, tendonitis, neuritis, muscle strain, contusion, also providing relief pain in dental surgery, dysmenorrhea, orthopedic surgery and other traumatic and postoperative conditions.

Table of foods rich in lysine

foods Amount of lysine in 100 g Energy in 100 g 
Skimmed milk 2768 mg 36 calories 
Soy 2414 mg 395 calories 
Turkey meat 2173 mg 150 calories 
Turkey heart 2173 mg 186 calories 
Chicken meat 1810 mg 149 calories 
Pea 1744 mg 100 calories 
Fish 1600 mg 83 calories 
Lupine 1447 mg 382 calories 
Peanut 1099 mg 577 calories 
Egg yolk 1074 mg 352 calories 

As lysine is an amino acid that our bodies cannot produce, it is important to consume this amino acid through food.

Recommended daily amount

The recommended daily amount of lysine is approximately 30 mg per kg of weight, which for an adult of 70 kg means an intake of about 2100 mg of lysine per day.

Lysine is found in food, but depending on the diet, the amount may not be sufficient and, therefore, supplementation with 500 mg per day may also be advised.

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