Vitamins for cold sores can be quite helpful. They can be used to prevent or treat cold sores.You will find here a list of the most important vitamins for cold sores. It is always better to get vitamins from your diet but as agriculture is getting more and more extensive, less and less nutriments are present in your meals. Most vitamins die during cooking or even on the shelf. So it is getting more and more difficult to get enough vitamins. However you should avoid taking too much vitamins because you have a cold sore or because you’re nervous about having herpes. High dosage of vitamins can be harmful to the body especially, vitamin D and A.
Vitamin C is a great remedy for cold sores and disease fighter.Studies have demonstrated that vitamin C can activate white blood cells and promote interferon production, a natural antiviral agent. It increases resistance to stress and fatigue and improve oxygenation of the body. Vitamin C is an absolute must to fight disease and keep young and healthy. You can use natural supplements to increase your intake of vitamin C or increase parsley, kiwi, strawberries and other high vitamin C food to your diet. Vitamins are destroyed by heat so eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Also too much vitamin C is not good as it can promote bladder stones.
Vitamin B6 or piridoxineis the most interesting to fight herpes because it takes part in antibody production. A vitamin B complex can be very useful to help with stress and cold sores. You can take supplements or try brewer’s yeast caplets. They help reduce stress, support the immune and nervous system and promote beautiful and healthy skin, hair and nails.
Vitamin A increases resistance to infections. A lack of vitamin A may weaken your immune system.. Therefore, vitamin A may be useful to prevent further herpes infections and cold sores. However too much vitamin A can be damaging during pregnancy. So inquire with your doctor for proper dosage.
Vitamin E can promote immune system functions. According to certain studies it increases the amount of white cells and decreases the production of immunosuppressive liquids. The most pronounced effect of vitamin E is on immune phagocytosis (white cell activity). Further research is needed before a clear conclusion can be drawn.
An animal study showed that a product containing Vitamin E and membrane stabilizing fatty acids, CRT, reduced the duration, severity and importance of cold sores. You can find a little summary of the study here 12. Some people like applying natural vitamin E on a cold sore to soften the skin and speed healing. Some other studies suggest that vitamin E could be useful in the treatment of post herpetic neuralgia.
Vitamin E is also a powerful anti-oxidant. It acts to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. It’s most active form is Alpha-tocopherol (a-tocopherol). The synthetic form is labeled “D, L” while the natural form is labeled “D”. It seems the synthetic form is only half as active as the natural form.
A suggested oral vitamin E dosage is 400–600 IU per day.
You can find vitamin E in vegetable oils,sunflower seeds, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and fortified cereals, wheat germs, peaches and prunes.