Diet for Shingles

Diet for Shingles


Foods to be Avoid During Shingles Outbreak
1.  Foods with Arginine 精氨酸
Foods high in the amino acid arginine tend to promote the growth of the shingles virus. Especially problematic are foods that are high in arginine and low in lysine 賴氨酸, an amino acid to balance arginine in human body.  During an outbreak, avoid nuts and seeds, soy foods, chocolate, oats, wheat germ, coconut, carob, whole-wheat and white flour, and gelatin.

Arginine   clickhere_orange25
精氨酸     clickhere_green25

Lysine     clickhere_orange25
離胺酸/賴氨酸     clickhere_red25

2.  Processed Foods
Because herpes zoster 帶狀皰疹 is a viral condition, building a strong immune system through dietary intake of vitamins A, B-6, C, E and folate, plus the minerals iron and zinc, may have benefit.

Particularly, diet is low in fruits and vegetables increase the risk of developing shingles.  Avoid foods low in vitamins and minerals, such as sugary foods and beverages and other refined carbohydrates  Increase your intake of whole, unprocessed foods.

Ratio Lysine vs Arginine
People suffering viral diseases can benefit from a diet high in Lysine and low in Arginine. Following chart is only an example, foods at top having higher Lysine to Arginine ratios.



Top 10 Foods Highest in Lysine
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Diet and vitamin supplements may influence viral replication.  A total approach to nutrition should be used.  Use this chart as a reference only.  There is no reason to avoid foods if having a low lysine/arginine ratio and only a few mg of arginine in it.

The ratio – “Lysine vs Arginine” is transcribed and calculated using the data from Agricultural Handbook, 1-23, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Foods to be included
During shingles outbreak, it’s a good idea adding foods to daily diet having a higher ratio of lysine to arginine.  These foods include beef, fish, poultry, lamb, brewer’s yeast, and most fruits and vegetables except peas.  Additionally, extra vitamin C in diet can help boost the immunity and shorten an outbreak.  Don’t forget to combine plenty of citrus fruits, pineapple, mango, leafy greens and tomatoes into your meals, both to prevent shingles outbreaks and to help lessen their severity.

Menu Sample
You don’t have to restrict food selection during a shingles outbreak;  simply create a menu that minimizes arginine-rich foods.

Foods with more lysine than arginine:
Breakfast – low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese with fresh pineapple

Lunch – salad of leafy greens topped with tuna or grilled chicken breast and chopped veggies.

Dinner – broil salmon or cod served with steamed vegetables.  A meatless meal could be a bowl of black bean soup with sliced avocado.

Snacks – dried fruit such as figs 無花果 or apricots, celery sticks stuffed with goat cheese, or a smoothie made with low-fat milk, mango and whey protein 乳清蛋白.


Foods Contain Whey Protein

  • Ricotta Cheese 乳清乾酪 – contains the most whey of any whole food because it is made from whey protein
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheeses

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乳清蛋白     clickhere_green25


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