Herpes Simplex Diet

by in Canker Sores, Herpes January 15, 2008

Photobucket Enhancement of the immune status is key to the prevention and control of herpes infection. A diet that avoids arganine-rich foods while promoting lysine-rich foods can be quite effective.
Foods to Emphasize
Especially during active cases of Herpes

  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Dairy products if not allergic to them (Cheese, Yogurt, Kefir, Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream, Milk).
  • All Fish & Seafood
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Organ Meats
  • Potatoes
  • Brewers Yeast

Foods to be Eaten with Discretion
These foods must be balanced with L-Lysine* and foods in the first group when herpes is inactive. During active herpes, these foods must be eliminated.

  • Whole grain products (Cereals, Bread, Pasta, Pancakes, Lentils, Barley and other Grains.
  • Oats
  • Corn
  • Rice
  • Peas & Beans
  • Sprouts
  • Chick Peas
  • Carob
  • Foods containing seeds (Eggplant, Tomato, Squash)
  • Fruits and Berries, which contain seeds, may be eaten.
  • Citrus Fruits (may irritate canker sores)

* Foods high in lysine include most vegetables, legumes, fish, turkey, and chicken.
Foods to Always Avoid

  • Chocolate
  • Peanuts and Peanut Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cakes and Sweets
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Nuts (Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Filberts, Pecans, Walnuts)
  • Seed Meal (Tahini, Sesame Butter)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Coconut
  • Bleached White Flour Foods
  1. i am confused as to the difference between beans and legumes and lentils. I am a vegetarian and would like to eat beans for protein, but also having HSV-1, your site says to not eat beans to prevent breakouts. help…..

  2. The only way to avoid having to take genital herpes remedies on daily basis for the prevention of outbreaks of this disease is to always have protected sex that means to always wear a condom when you are engaging in sexual relations.

  3. Some of the items on the always avoid list are very healthy in other ways. Would’nt it be beneficial to balance high lysine with a small amount of arganine containing foods. Example: Cottage cheese with 2TBSP walnuts, chopped apple, apricots and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I have some auto immune issues and was advised to eat walnuts and sunflower seeds. Also a mediteranean whole foods diet is beneficial for avoiding Altziemers and many other diseases. Can we somehow compromise on a all around fairly healthy diet.

    • Great point Julia, it is all about moderation, when you feel a herpes flair coming on….numbness, tingling, burning, etc at the typical outbreak sites, it is best to follow this diet precisely for optimal results, however between outbreaks those with lesser severity and frequency can enjoy a more moderate diet. Anytime we restrict foods we have to think about what nutrients are missing from the new diet.
      I think the best “all around healthy diet” is a diet of Whole Foods 😀 but sometimes we need to shift the foods we are eating to achieve the biochemical response in the tissues we are seeking. Such as with the herpes diet. We want to inhibit L-arginine with L-lysine so that the viral particles are unable to replicate. They are L-arginine dependent. Avoiding just nuts….esp peanuts and chocolate works well for most people.

  4. You need to combine Enhancement of the immune status with other solutions: medications or some natural applications which works.

  5. Totally confused by “legumes” being on the “good” list, yet “beans and peas” being on the “bad” list? Is it not true that peas and beans (whether green beans or dried pintos) are ALL legumes?

  6. I’ve had horrible cold sore outbreaks my whole life. They Finally went away when I quit eating “healthy”. Since I’ve been sticking to fast food, meat and dairy, and avoiding beans, vegetables, nuts, and chocolate, I only get one outbreak every two years. Havnt had a cold or flu in ten years. Look up the lysine- arginine chart, stick to it and enjoy you’re new embarrassment free life.

  7. Funny, I just had and am in an outbreak of #2. Lasting longer than ussual. I recently went vegitarian. Hum, could that be it. Hadent had an outbreak in a cp years. Found this site. I have been eating all the bad ones(and the good foods) but lots of B Rice, grains, peanuts, etc.. I love brown rice! That must explain it. Wow, and I tht I was doing the healthy change in diet. So, anyone with great Recipies or food ideas for in outbreak and out, I would love to have them. I’m open and love all foods.
    Man, no peanuts, or any nuts, humm. Is anyone taking supplements?
    Please Email

  8. One more question- The food list is not making sense. One should always eat lgumes but when active don’t eat Bean, peas etc. What is correct when in an outbreak.

  9. I’ve been a vegetarian for 16 years, and am going vegan. I was diagnosed with HSV2 (g) a year ago, and I didn’t change my diet and I’m doing just fine. I think its not so much as avoidance (I’m in college… I choose not to avoid alcohol) but all in moderation. (p.s. to the person who says the best way to not have to take herpes remedies is to wear condoms… if one is looking at a herpes diet, its probably to late for condoms to save them now.)

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