L-Arginine Supplementation, Olive Leaf Extract and Shingles/Herpes
This page addresses several health topics including the of L-Arginine Supplementation without triggering shingles or herpes outbreaks and the anti-viral properties and potential side effects of olive leaf
Supplementing Olive Leaf with L-Arginine for anti-viral protection
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As you may already know, if you’ve read any of the previous posts about two cardiovascular health support supplements called Cardio Cocktail and Argenix, I believe in the supplementation of L-Arginine for cardiovascular health. The research into the medicinal use of L-Arginine would ever have won a Nobel Prize in Medicine if there were not something to it.
I also have personal experience with L-Arginine supplementation and, in fact, feel that it saved my life several years ago when I was dealing with every symptom of an impending heart attack and couldn’t walk more than a few minutes without having to sit down and rest. I could literally tell a difference with the first therapeutic dose (3 to 5 grams) and within three days, could tell a major difference.
I’ve wanted to continue taking L-Arginine yet kept getting fever blisters when I did. I also developed shingles for the first time in my life after taking L-Arginine. For those who may not know, shingles is actually a reactivation of chickenpox (which I had as a child, as did most children in my generation) and is caused by the herpes zoster strain of the herpes virus. There are actually 8 strains of herpes virus that affect humans.
Anyway, the L-Arginine as trigger factor aside, I have not given up on this health supplement. I will say that there are other ways to get the body to produce more nitric oxide (that being a primary benefit in therapeutic dose L-Arginine) and one such food is organic beet powder. I used it for a while but, to be honest, beets taste like dirt to me.
The problem with banning L-Arginine foods and supplements altogether, if a person has shingles or another strain of the herpes virus is that the body must have L-Arginine to be healthy. In particular, the heart needs it. I believe that banning arginine-rich foods (red meats, dairy products, soy, nuts, fish, poultry, etc.) for those who have shingles, and especially the elderly when so many also have cardiovascular health challenges, is NOT the way to go. While I don’t believe longterm daily use of this amino acid is warranted and, based on information I’ve read about that, could lead to some other complications, I fervently believe therapeutic dose L-Arginine is beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
The problem has been that I’ve been hesitant to suggest L-Arginine to anyone with any type of herpes or with shingles without also suggesting that they look into natural shingles remedies and, more important, insisting they talk with their cardiologist before adding anything to their health regimen.
Enlisting the anti-viral properties of Olive Leaf Extract:
Now, I may have come up with a solution, at least for me. I’ve started taking olive leaf capsules a hour before or after taking L-Arginine at night (best on empty stomach) and taking 1,000 MG of lysine the next morning. When taking the olive leaf capsules a few hours before taking therapeutic doses of L-Arginine and lysine in the morning, I did not develop any fever blisters.
Since I originally wrote this article, ForMor International stopped selling Arginex in the sample size. A person may not want to pay for the larger bottle, not knowing how not use the larger bottle, not knowing how their body will respond to the supplement or if they can use it up by the “best if used by” date). In those cases, I have seen another high dose L-Argenine supplement called Nobel Drink that comes in a small one dose bottle. Like Argenix, Nobel Drink is made by ForMore International and is similar to Argenix but has Pomegranate Juice added. Pomegranate Juice is one of several liquid nutritionals being promoted as health drinks today.
Side effects of olive leaf
Like almost every other herb, drug, mineral or vitamin, there are some precautions with olive leaf and a few potential side effects. If you have low blood pressure, taking too much olive leaf might cause the blood pressure to dip too low for safety. Taking it at night would probably increase this risk.
Also, if you are hypoglycemic, you’d need to more closely monitor blood sugar levels if adding olive leaf to your health regimen. And, of course, if under a doctors care for low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, heart problems or any other medical condition, you should always check with your doctor before adding anything new, natural or prescription. If the above-listed side effects of olive leaf are a concern, given your medical situation, definitely get approval from your doctor before adding it.