Treating Canker Sores with Lysine

Canker sores, also known as mouth ulcers, are small yellowish, infected wounds found within the mouth or on the tongue, and are generally harmless and very common. Aphthous ulcers, as they are medically known, may seem visually similar to cold sores which are caused by herpes. Cold sores are contagious and found on the lips. However, canker sores aren’t contagious, nor are they caused by a severe underlying medical condition, so do not worry if you see this kind of lesion in your mouth. The ulcers can only be found in the interior of the mouth, and typically heal by themselves within a week or two. Lysine is known to be a method to treat the cold sores caused by herpes, but it seems to be an effective method of treatment for the more benign mouth ulcers, like canker sores.

Treating Canker Sores with LysineThe aforementioned essential amino acid, lysine, can be found both in regular food and in lysine supplements. It being essential means that this particular amino acid isn’t naturally secreted by your body, and must be acquired from an outside source, such as food and supplements. Lysine performs many important tasks, such as the production of carnitine, which is responsible for the conversion of fatty acids, allowing them to be used as a source of energy. Lysine is also one of the main components of protein chains and is also essential in the creation of collagen in our bodies, which, in turn, is what mainly makes up cartilage, tendons, our dermal layer and the connective tissue throughout your body.

Mouth ulcers are very common, and can be caused by a variety of factors. These sores are typically harmless, little more than an inconvenience, making eating, drinking and speaking slightly painful, and heal by themselves within a week or so.

The causes can include stress, hormonal changes, vitamin deficiency and allergies. The most common cause, however, is the infection of an open mouth wound caused by an unfortunately placed bite, stray cutlery or dental instruments. The inside of the mouth is sensitive by default, and an open flesh wound in the mouth or on the tongue is extremely susceptible to infection. If your mouth is highly sensitive, then citric acid from fruits and juices may also cause sores. A weak immune system and iron deficiency cannot be ruled out either as potential causes of mouth ulcers.

There are many ways to treat or prevent mouth ulcers, such as keeping a healthy amount of arginine and lysine. Just like lysine, arginine is also an important amino acid, which is used in the treatment of various cardiovascular diseases.

It is important to keep the two acids in balance, so you need to pay attention to your arginine levels if you choose to make use of lysine as a treatment method.

Lysine is considered to be generally safe, however, you should keep the dosage in check. Overdosing on lysine has been known to cause gallstones, so patients with known kidney diseases and erroneous liver function must be very careful with lysine supplements.