Sunday, August 20, 2006

Do Not Take These Vitamins to Prevent Cold Sores

Cold sores, fever blisters, and oral herpes, whatever you call them, can be prevented with good nutritional supplements.

For preventing cold sores, choosing a GOOD supplement is important or you are just throwing your money away. The largest selling vitamin pills in North America today are one per day and two per day drug store vitamins. They look a lot like candy coated M&M's. These are totally worthless for anything, including cold sores. These supplements are absolutely not a good cold sore treatment!

How worthless?

Well let me go on record stating this: you will get better nutrition from a peanut M&M candy than any of these drug store vitamin supplements - and peanut M&M's are much cheaper. This is NOT how you will prevent colds sores, fever blisters or oral herpes outbreaks.

Three reasons why.

1. Vitamins and minerals take room. The daily dose of either the one-per-day or two-per-day will not give you enough vitamins or minerals for your body, or cold sores, to even notice. They are just too SMALL of a pill to give you the QUANTITIES you need.

Picture This: If you were dying of thirst and you got one or two drops of water to drink - would your body even notice the difference?

For your cold sores - even if you took the whole months supply of these pills in one day, your body will not notice the difference. Poor choice when trying to prevent cold sores, fever blisters or oral herpes.

The B vitamins, for example, are stated in "micrograms" with these. With isolated vitamins, you need a minimum of 50 MILLIgrams. It takes a 1000 micrograms to make just one milligram - so, these pills should provide 50,000 micrograms of each of the B vitamins. These drug store one-a-day pills provide only about fifty or so micrograms.

2. The coating on these vitamin pills doesn't readily dissolve in your stomach. What good is this for a cold sore treatment? I've seen these vitamins in bed-pans where you could still read the brand name on them. As you get older, your digestion process becomes less efficient, to be fair. But the easier and more quickly the vitamin dissolves the better, since digestion time is limited for everyone.

Your best choice as a cold sore treatment is a liquid or a powder you mix with a liquid. Your second best choice for a cold sore remedy is a capsule. Capsules are made of gelatin (like Jello) which is a simple protein from the joints of animals. It dissolves very quickly. Gelatin is an awesome nutrient on its own for oral herpes. People who take gelatin on a regular basis will see much better hair, nails, and skin. If you get a cold sore, fever blister, or oral herpes outbreak, it will heal MUCH faster because of the extra gelatin in your system.

3. 99% of ALL vitamin supplements on the market, both good and bad, are made up of ISOLATED vitamins. There are various qualities of these isolated nutrients available to vitamin manufacturers. As a cold sore treatment you want the best. The ingredients in these drug store vitamins is generally very poor quality. The best quality isolated forms of vitamins are USP (United States Pharmacopoeia) or BP (British Pharmacopoeia). Of isolated nutrients, these are the highest grade.

If the vitamin manufacturer uses these forms they will definitely make note of it on the label because it is a measure of the purest and most absorbable isolated vitamins and minerals. If the nutrients are not labeled USP or BP then there is no way to know what you are getting , where they came from, and, most importantly, if they have contaminates like lead and mercury. Contaminates weaken your defense system and could actually encourage cold sores, fever blisters or oral herpes.

A good supplement will provide the highest quality of ingredients, and in large enough quantities to produce what we call a therapeutic effect. Simply put, "therapeutic" means enough nutrition to give your body a positive and measurable effect.There is no way that your nutritional supplement program will be of any value as a cold sore remedy if you don't get proper quantities of the highest quality nutrients - a therapeutic vitamin and mineral supplement that will prevent cold sores.

One last point I'd like to make today.

Isolated vitamins and minerals, even if of the highest USP or BP quality, are not equal to the same nutrients obtained from food sources. Even though isolated vitamins may be extracted from whole food sources, they are not anywhere the same as natural nutrients in plants.

For example - vitamin B6, as an isolated vitamin, is only 7% to 10% absorbed by the body. The other 90% to 93% is excreted. Vitamin B6 from broccoli will be 77% to 89% absorbed. The B vitamins are the anti-stress vitamins and very good at helping to prevent cold sores, oral herpes and fever blisters.

The difference is in nature, vitamins and minerals occur with protein molecules attached. These protein molecules act as "chaperones" - telling the body that this is real food, not chemicals.

Isolated nutrients are totally stripped of these protein chaperones and any other attached nutrients. Picture a Christmas tree with all the limbs stripped off. The tree is still there in its most basic form, but all the elements that make it useful as a Christmas tree are missing.

Any supplement made of isolated nutrients must be taken with a meal. About 7% to 10% of the nutrients then will attach to a protein molecule in digestion and be absorbed. If no food is present in the stomach, these supplements will be of little if any value. In fact, your body will see them as merely individual chemicals and get rid of them.

If you've ever taken a supplement on an empty stomach, quite often your stomach will not feel right and you will be burping up a chemical taste in your mouth.

cold sores, fever blisters and oral herpes can be a thing of the past with proper nutritional supplementation and a good cold sore remedy.

Vitamin supplements as a cold sore treatment.

We'll talk more next time
Denny B

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