January Nutrient of The Month: New Decade, Stacked Immune System with L-Lysine

January Nutrient of The Month: New Decade, Stacked Immune System with L-Lysine


By: Amanda Miller MS, RN Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

Want to know the nutrient that can help you fight cancer AND banish cold sores? I bet you didn’t think there was such a nutrient. Think again! It’s L-lysine, an immune system powerhouse found in Active Immunity. It’s your necessity for ringing in the new decade.

L-lysine is an essential amino acid, a protein building block that must be consumed for protein growth and creation in the body, making it a necessity for multiple cellular processes in the body. 

As with most nutrients, it is best absorbed when consumed with food. However, deficiency can be common and supplementing with L-lysine can provide multiple benefits. That’s why especially in the winter months, I suggest supplementing with L-lysine for its powerful antiviral and immune boosting benefits. Active Immunity is a perfect supplement to get adequate amounts of L-lysine plus other powerful immune benefiting nutrients during cold and flu season.

L-Lysine benefits:

  1. May help in the treatment of cancer

Researchers are beginning to see more and more how particular nutrients can target malignant cells while protecting healthy cells. L-lysine has been found in studies to to locate damaged strands of DNA (like those found in cancer cells) and promote apoptosis or cell death. This protects healthy cells and kills off unhealthy cells, protecting the body and aiding the immune system (2, 3, 4). 

2. May decrease outbreaks and frequency of cold sores

Some studies support that L-lysine can help reduce the number of cold sore outbreaks, while others say that outbreaks happen at the same frequency but last a shorter period of time. Experts generally agree that L-lysine is unlikely to completely stop outbreaks altogether but may aid in lessening their severity and/or frequency (1). 

3. May calm mood and reduce anxiety

L-lysine partially binds to serotonin receptors which can partially prevent stress induced anxiety response (5).

4. Can reduce risk for complications of Diabetes

L-lysine has been shown in studies to prohibit the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These are found typically in high amounts in Diabetic patients and can lead to advanced complications.L-Lysine decreases glycation which leads to these end products, potentially decreasing chances of infection (6, 7). 

5. Can promote a healthful gut barrier

A common complication of eating potentially inflammatory foods is an increase in gut permeability or “leaky gut”. An increase in permeability can potentially cause larger than usual particles to spill out into your bloodstream. This can ultimately lead to other systemic complications such as skin issues, anxiety, depression, headaches, brain fog, and much more. L-lysine has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects on the gut lining, possibly preventing leaky gut (8). 

Where to get it:

While these foods are all rich in lysine, I do suggest always opting for organic produce, pasture raised meats, and wild caught fish to minimize toxic exposure and decrease inflammation as much as possible. 

Highest Sources include: 

  1. Lean beef and lamb 
  2. Parmesan cheese 
  3. Turkey and chicken 
  4. Pork 
  5. Roasted organic soybeans 
  6. Tuna 
  7. Shrimp 
  8. Pumpkin seeds 
  9. Eggs
  10. White beans


The dosage can vary depending on the specific condition but our Active Immunity is a great recommendation for generally healthy adults. 

Always consult your Akasha practitioner before taking a new supplement, especially if you are being treated with any chronic conditions, especially liver or kidney impairment.

Amanda Miller, MS, RN, is our Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant at the Akasha Center For Integrative Medicine. If you would like to make an appointment please call 310 451-8880 or emailing us at info@akashacenter.com.


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15989381
  2. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070808132019.htm
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25054872
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23777857
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676321
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26853287
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26853287
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26588227

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