Lysine is an essential amino acid. It is not synthesized by the body and must be consumed through the diet. Amino acids are responsible for a variety of functions and form the basis of proteins. Lysine is used by the body for a variety of purposes including the production of antibodies, the production of certain hormones and some enzymes. It also plays a role in the health and integrity of the skin while promoting proper immune function. L-lysine is the biologically active form of the compound and is the type used in supplements.
For those carrying the herpes simplex virus, lysine has been shown to be effective in decreasing the occurrence of cold sores. It also helps skin heal after an outbreak. Lysine can also be effective in helping the body to absorb calcium.
L-lysine supplements are available in pill or ointment forms. The pills are coated for easy swallowing and are suitable for vegetarians. The ointment comes in a wide-mouth tub and is easy to apply. Pills and ointments are priced low to make it easy and affordable to get the high-quality supplements you need for optimal health.