Cold sores are caused by a virus attack and are also a body signal of poor calcium ingestion, absorption, and/or utilization. Calcium holds cell membranes together like glue; without calcium, the cell membranes are vulnerable to virus attacks and penetration. Vitamin D is necessary to pull calcium from the blood, and vitamin F (flax) is required to take it to the skin. L-Lysine, a protein, is also a factor in assisting the body use calcium efficiently. Stress and sunshine will deplete the body of calcium, as will sugar. Body signals indicating a calcium deficiency include leg cramps at night, poison ivy, and itchy skin. Children with growing pains and fevers may need calcium supplementation.
We recommend citrate and lactate versions of calcium; avoid carbonates and those items used as digestive aides.