Fight or Feed a Cold Sore?

Food for Thought:

Want to fend off or fight a cold sore? Experts recommend that you avoid foods such as chocolate, peanuts, sunflower seeds and coffee. These foods are rich in a nutrient called arginine, which helps the cold sore virus replicate and triggers flare-ups. Instead, eat foods that are rich in the nutrient lysine; these include dairy products, pears, avocados, apples and fish.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight manag... more less
February 2008

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