Everything you need to know about Lysine

-Jul 16, SARA PALMER HUSSEY, Nutrition -

Lysine is an amino acid that is not abundant within the body yet plays a crucial role in our production of antibodies. It’s essential for immune health and collagen, so it’s crucial for healthy skin, and more. Let’s take a closer look.

Lysine is a necessary building block for all body protein and it plays a major role in calcium absorption, immune response and recovery from injuries. 

It is also instrumental in the body’s production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies.

As an essential amino acid, lysine is not produced inside the body, but must be supplied from external sources, such as diet and supplementation. As our diets are frequently deficient, in order to maintain the rejuvenation benefits of lysine, supplementation is beneficial.

What is Lysine and what is it used for? 

It is essential in the production of collagen, which supports the growth, repair and maintenance of healthy skin, muscles and connective tissue. 

With specific regard to rejuvenation, lysine’s vital role in maintaining the youthfulness of the skin is of prime interest. 

Declining levels of collagen are an important factor in the appearance of wrinkles; lysine sustains youthful levels of collagen in the skin. Lysine is also required to produce elastin, another essential component along with collagen of the extracellular matrix that keeps skin firm, taut and youthful.

Which foods contain Lysine? 

There is a variety of foods which are naturally rich in lysine. 

Foods which are very high in lysine include; lean beef, turkey, fish and shellfish, nuts, eggs, beans and lentils. `

Many lysine packed foods such as legumes and seeds are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

It can also be found in tempeh, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, quinoa, and soy milk. 

“You could make your own minced lean beef or turkey burger at home,” says Naomi Buff who is a holistic nutritional wellness coach. 

“Just take the mince and put it in a bowl. Season to taste and add a whisked egg to hold it all together. Form into patties with your hands. Pop them under the grill and add a side of quinoa with lentils. That’s a lysine packed meal in under 30 minutes.”

What are the benefits of Lysine?

Aside from delaying skin ageing, lysine may be beneficial in helping ensure heart health because of its ability to inhibit the build-up of plaque on the walls of the arteries that can prevent blood and the nutrients it carries from arriving at their destinations on time. 

Athletes have commonly used lysine to support muscle gain, recovery and protect the overall health of muscle and bone by improving the body’s ability to absorb and use calcium. Taken together with arginine, lysine also stimulates and strengthens the HGH release effect of the latter, optimising the regenerative ability of this hormone in the body.

Lysine has a known anxiolytic action through its effects on serotonin receptors in the intestinal tract. Human studies have confirmed correlations between reduced lysine intake and anxiety. 

Fortification of grains with lysine for predominantly vegetarian diets has been shown to reduce markers of anxiety including cortisol levels. 

FAQ: What is the recommend daily dosage of Lysine? 

Lumity’s capsules contain180mg of this amino acid and protein building block. The RDA is 12mg per kilogram (2.2lb) of body weight.

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