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Lysine Supplements
Be careful when you buy supplements with gelatin capsules. Gelatin has a higher arginine to lysine ratio. Look for capsules without gelatin or get tablets. They are usually bigger and harder to swallow for some people and they might not be as digestible as capsules. Try this to see if the tablets you’re using dissolves. If it does then it is probably being absorbed by your body.

If you are taking antibiotics, talk to your doctor before trying lysine as it can interfere with the effectiveness of some antibiotics. Lysine helps with the absorption of calcium, but too much lysine can cause too much calcium to be absorbed by your body. Also, really high amounts of lysine can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and gallstones.

If you’re eating a diet high in protein, lysine rich vegtables and fruits then you will be getting large amounts of lysine that will allow you to eat foods with higher arginine levels occasionally without increasing chances of a herpes outbreak. See High Lysine.

Lysine in foods rather than supplements are more easily absorbed by your body. The best approach is balance. More is not always better.

Safe lysine supplement dosages as high as 6,000 to 9,000 mg. per day have been reported. However, taking this much lysine per day for a long period of time could cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, gallstones and renal failure. If you have kidney or liver problems, check with your doctor before supplementing with lysine.

It’s better to get most of the lysine you need from your diet as it is very safe and supplement only when you find yourself eating a lot of foods with a high ratio of arginine. 1,000 - 3,000 mg. are usually enough to offset the higher arginine level.