Okay . . . so where do we find the amino acid called "lysine"?
Well . . . "lysine" is in many of the foods we eat every day . . . but the question remains . . .
Are these foods giving us enough??
And to answer that question . . . we need to understand the "RATIO" between "lysine" and "arginine".
You see . . . many of the healthy foods we eat everyday contain both "lysine" and "arginine" . . . a good example would be . . .
Onions . . . now, onion are very good for us and most of us love them . . . but . . .
Onions only have "90" milligrams of lysine . . . whereas, they have "262" milligrams of "arginine". They have more "arginine" than they do "lysine".
So let's take another example . . .
Everyone likes a glass of orange juice in the morning . . .
Well . . . it contains only "22" milligrams of "lysine" and "117" milligrams of "arginine"
So the "lysine"/"arginine" RATIO . . . is just the amount of "lysine" vs "arginine" in any given food item.
And some of the elements that have the correct "ratio" of more "lysine" than "arginine" would be . . .
Lean red meat, fish like Cod, pork, chicken, low-fat parmesan cheese
You see . . . "lysine" and "arginine" play important roles in membrane protein "stability".
Meaning . . . a person that suffers from cold cores (herpes simplex) would be wise to "avoid" cereal grains, seeds and nuts due to there being more "arginine" than "lysine" in these items. That person would want to consume more "high-lysine"/"low-arginine" foods like fish, poultry, apples and pears.
Some vegetables and fruit with the correct "ratio" would be . . .
Avocados, dried apricots or mangoes, beets, leeks, tomatoes, pears, kidney beans, navy beans, and black beans.
Okay . . . now I know some of you are thinking . . . I don't like those foods . . . or how do I know I'm getting enough???
Well . . . one of my go-to elements is . . . "Spirulina"
"Spirulina" is a type of algae that comes in supplements and powder form and contains high amounts of "lysine". Using this method would assure that you were getting enough.
Because I agree . . . it's hard to know what to eat . . . especially in this crazy world we live in today.
Okay . . . so now you ask . . . what happens if I don't consume enough "lysine" in my diet???
Well . . . a deficiency of "lysine" can lead to tiredness, inability to concentrate, irritability, bloodshot eyes, retarded growth, hair loss, anemia and reproductive problems.
And low "lysine" levels have been found in people with Parkinson's, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, asthma, and depression.
You see . . . excess amounts of "arginine" in the diet . . . BLOCK the effect of "lysine" on the body, which can cause "lysine deficiency".
So if you are a person that consumes too much "arginine" and not enough "lysine" . . .
This virus that is lurking around . . . may be looking for you.
And if you are a person that has any form of herpes or shingles . . . you need to be a person that consumes more "LYSINE".
NOTE: As always, please consult your own health care provider when changing your diet or taking a new supplement.
And if anyone wants a list of the "RATIO" chart for "lysine" vs "arginine" . . .
Please let me know . . . I'll send you a copy.
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