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An essential amino acid that's needed to form protein in the body. It's known to boost the immune system by effectively helping to suppress the herpes virus, which manifests itself in symptoms like mouth blisters and cold sores.

Lysine capsules are available from health food stores, but their best natural sources are in grains, nuts and seeds.

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