Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Cold Sores: Which Calcium Works Best for Preventing Cold Sores

More on calcium and cold sores, fever blisters, oral herpes

Preventing cold sores may be as simple as keeping your pH at 7 to 7.4. Stress of any sort will cause your body to go toward the acid side. Calcium helps neutralize the physical effects of stress.

We just plain can't get enough calcium or other vitamins and minerals from the food we eat anymore. Thus we suffer from epidemics of heart disease, diabetes, cancers - not to mention lesser diseases such as colds, flu, and cold sores, fever blisters and oral herpes.


We need to be taking supplements. This is one of the best cold sore remedies to try - along with any topical cold sore treatment. Although I've found many doctors are not up to speed on taking vitamins, the AMA did endorse the use of supplements in a statement in JAMA in January 2002.

Calcium, like most all minerals, is difficult to absorb to a degree that it can provide a therapeutic value to your body. There are several different forms of calcium that are being sold.

To keep a high pH and a low instance of recurring cold sores, oral herpes and fever blisters - the quality and form of calcium you take will make a huge difference.

Here are some of the most commonly sold forms of supplemental calcium.

CALCIUM CARBONATE:

This is the form most commonly sold as a calcium supplement. It is the cheapest and doesn't take much room in the supplement.

Although it contains the highest level of elemental calcium (40%), it is the absolute worst for your body to absorb (about 2-3%).

Let's say you take the "recommended" dose of 1000 mg (1 gram) of calcium in the form of calcium carbonate. It contains 400 mg. of elemental calcium which sounds great on the vitamin label.

However, your body only gains about 12 mg. of actual calcium (3% of 400mg). Not nearly enough for good health or to help prevent cold sores, oral herpes, or fever blisters.

Calcium carbonate is basically how calcium is found raw in nature -before it is made "body-ready" by plants such as broccoli. You may see this offered as "dolomite", "bone-meal", Oyster shell" or "coral calcium" but, in reality, they are all just calcium carbonate. In most cases, as in coral calcium, it is just powdered rock.

Your body wasn't designed to digest or absorb powdered rock. Plants are needed to transform calcium into a form that can be absorbed by the body.

Basically minerals like calcium need to go through a "chelation" process either naturally or in the lab. What this means is the calcium molecule is attached to a protein molecule - making it acceptable to the body.

CALCIUM LACTATE:
A natural form of calcium - the type found in dairy products - created by animals who eat calcium rich plants. This is calcium that is "body-ready" because it is attached to protein molecules during creation of the milk. Newborns of any species needs a lot of calcium because they are growing bone like crazy. This is probably one of the best and most absorbable forms of calcium.

This is an excellent form of calcium for use as a cold sore treatment and prevention program for all diseases.

Calcium lactate takes a lot more room in a supplement because the elemental calcium level, as a percentage of the whole, is much lower (maybe around 15% or so) because of the attached proteins.

The most important thing to keep in mind - this is one form of calcium expressly designed by nature for direct use by your body. You may have to take more pills that any other form, but the quality of this calcium is excellent as a pH balancing prevention for chronic diseases such as fever blisters, cold sores, and any form of oral herpes.

If you are a vegetarian there are other options.

CALCIUM CITRATE
CALCIUM GLUCONATE
These are two more forms of calcium that offer excellent absorption. The body recognizes these forms of calcium as food also - because the calcium molecules are attached to the appropriate protein molecules. These may be extracted from plants or created in the lab.

Like calcium lactate, these also take more room in a pill than calcium carbonate but are well worth it.

Keep in mind that calcium is the most common mineral (metal) in the human body. Like water, you just need to get a lot of it.

Watch your pH and you will go a long ways toward preventing cold sores, fever blisters, or oral herpes outbreaks that you might otherwise experience.


Along with this amazing cold sore topical home remedy, you quite likely could find yourself totally cold sore free for life.

All about cold sore cure, oral herpes, fever blisters.

See you soon.
God Bless
Denny B.

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