Yesterday I made a reply to one of Marc's recent posts, but there was some very interesting information in that post that I would like to highlight as I feel it is very important for anyone living on this planet in the age of Covid!
In my reply to Marc, I linked to a July 2021 study that showed that Benfotiamine decreased Lysine levels in humans by 10 fold. I know that Lysine can help prevent or ameliorate some viral infections, so reducing it by 10 fold may not be a great idea in the time of SARS CoV-2. Here is a link to the study :
Here are a few very relevant quotes from this study "
>>> ' Lysine and Lys-ester can prevent SARS-CoV-2 and IAV infection, particularly in the entry stage. In contrast to that, Arg-ester can potently boost infection of both viruses. It would therefore be beneficial to consider the nutrient intake of COVID-19 and flu patients. We recommend the inclusion of lysine supplementation in addition to a reduced arginine intake for the prevention and treatment of SARS-CoV-2 and IAV infections. ' <<<
>>> ' We showed that lysine and Lys-ester can attenuate SARS-CoV-2 infection in the cell culture system (Figure 2A). Consistent with a previous study, IAV replication was also inhibited by lysine (Figure 4) . Lysine therapy has long been recommended against HSV infection because it can suppress viral replication and inhibit virus yield [23,26,27,28,38]. HSV growth in both cell and tissue cultures that were supplemented with arginine was suppressed upon the addition of lysine . A trial conducted on subjects with recurrent HSV infection also proved the efficacy of lysine treatment against HSV when the lysine group reported less recurrence, shortened healing time, and milder symptoms during six months of taking L-lysine monohydrochloride tablets while avoiding arginine-rich foods. . These are just a few of the studies proving the efficacy of lysine as a prophylactic agent for HSV infection. Considering the prophylactic effects of lysine, a recent observational study was conducted using lysine therapy as prophylaxis for SARS-CoV-2 infection. ' <<<
>>> ' Among 30 medical professionals with daily face-to-face exposure to COVID-19 patients, all remain negative of the virus after taking 2000 mg lysine daily with required dietary restrictions (no caffeine, marijuana and arginine-rich foods) for 3 months, as compared to an average of two employees being infected every month prior to the study and to a public health department with similar capacity as their control group . Our study validates that lysine has protective effects against SARS-CoV-2 and IAV infection. Thus, lysine supplementation may be considered as prophylaxis and therapeutic tool against these viruses. ' <<<
Given the results of this study which was posted 8 months ago, where are the follow up studies??? This was only a 30 participant study, but the results were so good, why aren't these scientists who are so hell bent on finding a cure for Covid-19 treating this study with any urgency?
Lysine is inexpensive readily available over the counter and has a very good safety profile and an excellent safety profile at the dose used in this study of 2 grams per day.
None of the medical personnel who used it as a prophylactic against SARS CoV-2 got sick or had ill effects from the treatment . I've used Lysine at higher doses and never noticed ill effects.
Clearly the vaccines are not a preventative as people who are fully vaccinated still get Covid-19, albeit to a lesser extent and with better outcomes. The virus seems to mutate or form variants faster than vaccines can keep up with, so why would scientists not want to further test an inexpensive and readily available supplement that has shown the potential to keep you from ever getting sick in the first place . This could make Covid -19 vaccines obsolete and put more of a dent in stopping this virus than all efforts to date! Or maybe I am just looking at this all wrong!