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Fight or Feed a Cold Sore?

by Diane Lofshult on Feb 01, 2008

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 IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach,...