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Top Ways to Inhibit Herpes & Prevent Viral Breakouts

There are more than 100 different herpes viruses discovered, 8 of them affecting humans, and they all have characteristics of their own. Here we teach you the top ways to inhibit herpes virus so that viral breakouts like genital sores, and shingles are prevented.

99% of the human populations would have been contaminated by at least one type of herpes viruses in their lifetime. These viruses do not simply get eradicated without treatment, so they would be with us for the whole life.

Most people will only have few herpes breakouts in their lifetime, thanks to the immune system not allowing the viruses to be expressed. But the viruses do stay dormant, and cause more issues than we think.

Thankfully, there are many scientific researches and anecdotes that can help us on the path of eradicating these viruses.

The 8 Types of Human Herpes

  • Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1): Cold sores
  • Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2): Genital herpes
  • Varicella Zoster virus (VZV / HHV-3): Chickenpox
  • Epstein Barr virus (EBV / HHV-4): Mononucleosis, autoimmunity.
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV / HHV-5)
  • Human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6)
  • Human herpes virus 7 (HHV-7)
  • Herpes virus 8 (HHV-8)

Associated Conditions to Herpes Virus Infection

  • Autoimmunity [R][R][R][R]
  • Multiple Sclerosis [R]
  • Parkinson’s [R]
  • Autism [R]
  • Low Thyroid Hormones [R]
  • Memory impairment [R]
  • Schizophrenia [R]
  • Epilepsy [R][R][R]
  • Bipolar [R]
  • Alzheimer’s [R][R]
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue [R][R][R]
  • Viral encephalitis [R]
  • Liver impairment [R]
  • Myelitis [R]
  • Diabetes [R]
  • Sweet’s syndrome [R]

Top Ways to Inhibit Herpes

BHT   (iHerb, Amazon)

Effective kills lipid coated viruses like herpes. This is probably on of the best anti-herpes arsenal. Use this along with St. John’s Wort for synergistic affect. [R][R][R]

Berberine  (iHerb, Amazon)

Inhibits HSV-1 activity [R][R]

Cat’s Claw (iHerb, Amazon)

Potentially one of the most powerful herb to inhibit herpes. In one research, it was more effective in reducing symptoms of cold sores than acylovir [R][R]

Coconut oil   (iHerb, Amazon)

Extremely reliable and easy to take. Kills fungus and parasites like no one’s business. The body converts the coconut oil’s lauric acid into monolaurin, which has activity against herpes. If you get adverse reactions from coconut oil, simply take monolaurin.

Curcumin   (iHerb, Amazon)

Blocks viral replication [R].

Elderberry   (iHerb, Amazon)

Antiviral activity against herpes viruses and HIV.

Garlic  (iHerb, Amazon)

Potent antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. Raw fresh garlic is the best. But Garlic extracts are also good. [R]

Ginger   (iHerb, Amazon)

Able to inhibit acyclovir resistant HSV-1 [R]. Preferably boil a fresh ginger and then drink it as a tea.

Increasing CD8+ T cells

Deficiency in this immune department can lead to autoimmunity, often caused by Epstein Barr virus. Things that increase CD8+: Andrographis, Butyrate, NAC, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Schisandra, and Gynostemma.

Iodine  (iHerb, Amazon)

This one is lacking in research, but the anecdotes suggests extremely high potential. One report notes that while remedies worked somewhat okay to inhibit herpes, nothing came close to the efficacy of iodine. If in doubt, use iodine. [R]

Lemon Balm   (iHerb, Amazon)

Effective against HSV-1 and HSV-2 both drug sensitive and drug resistant strains. It also has calming properties [R][R].

Lithium   (iHerb, Amazon)

Consistent reduction in breakout frequencies and symptoms duration was noted while taking lithium [R].

Lysine  (iHerb, Amazon)

An amino acid that can potently inhibit the replication of herpes viruses. This is probably one of the most effective prophylactic for breakouts. Good option if you get frequent breakouts [R][R][R]


An adamantane derivative that is used for treating Alzeheimer’s. It directly inhibits viral replication of herpes. It’s a potent mood enhancer and blunts anxiety [R].

Monolaurin   (iHerb, Amazon)

Kills any viruses that it’s tested against. High dose necessary. Coconut oil has monolaurin so you can just eat more of it. Some people do not tolerate coconut oil so in that case use this instead.

Olive Leaf Extract   (iHerb, Amazon)

Strong antiviral, antibiotic, antifungal, and antiparasitic [R].

Reishi (iHerb, Amazon)

Active against HSV-1. Perhaps avoid if you have an autoimmunity [R].

Resveratrol   (iHerb, Amazon)

Also contains emodin. Useful in eliminating HSV from brain and organs [R][R].

Silver    (iHerb, Amazon)

Very potent antiviral. This one is on the high priority to take [R].

St John’s Wort   (iHerb, Amazon)

Helps heal oral legions. May have synergistic effect when combined with BHT by allowing BHT to attack the dormant viruses. The research is lacking, however [R].

Vitamin D   (iHerb, Amazon)

Increases CD8+. Many people have blocked vitamin D absorption due to infection. So make sure to take other supplements from the list. Take supplement, or get more sun. [R].

Sulforaphane   (iHerb, Amazon)

Can protect from neurotoxicity caused by herpes encephalitis, and known to inhibit EBV. Use the supplement, or eat broccoli sprouts [R].

Vitamin B12   (iHerb, Amazon)

Important antiviral factor. Intranasal spray is preferable, otherwise, stick to methylcobalamine and adenosylcombalamine. [R]

Vitamin C   (iHerb, Amazon)

Can inhibit the replication of herpes [R].

Zinc   (iHerb, Amazon)

Useful as a prophylactic, and also supports the immune system [R][R].

Inhibit Herpes by Avoiding These

High arginine foods

Arginine is an amino acid that increases the rate of replication of herpes viruses. In that sense, it’s an opposite of Lysine.

In the end, what matters is the ratio of arginine to lysine in the body. You want to avoid high arginine foods, and if you do ingest them, take some lysine soon after.

If you’re prone to breakouts then you should probably avoid supplementing it or eating foods that contain high amounts. 

list of high arginine foods to avoid for herpes

Citrus foods

foods to avoid to inhibit herpes

High citrus foods can irritate the outside of the mouth and make that area more susceptible to breakouts. This one isn’t really something to be concerned about unless you get frequent cold sores.

Butyrate / Resistant starch

Butyrate is often a very helpful food item as it can help with gut function. It feeds good bacteria, and helps with brain function, and with stress.

Butyrate can reawaken herpes viruses such as EBV, HSV-1, and HSV-2. I would not worry about this if you are taking some supplements from the suggested list. 

Reawakening the virus could mean opportunity to kill off the hiding ones.

Spicy foodsImage result for cayenne pepper

I almost always get blisters on my lips about a day after I eat spicy foods.

Taking massive doses of the supplements I listed allows me to eat them without breakouts.

Reawakening herpes can bring a good opportunity to kill off the dormant viruses. So make sure you’re taking the supplements when you do this. 

Space travel

Astronauts have about 80% herpes reactivation rate. Perhaps irrelevant to most of us, but if you know why this occurs, do leave a comment.


Although sunlight is an important factor in antiviral activity in the body and easing autoimmunity, over exposure can lower the immune system. Even mild exposure can trigger breakout in some people (I have had this happen). Probably nothing to worry about if you are taking supplements.


There is no reason to actively avoid stressful situations because then you’re stressing out about getting stressed. Exposure to acute stress, mindfulness, and positive thoughts, increases stress resilience. Schisandra, ashwagandha, lysine, resveratrol, lemon balm, and memantine have antiviral and anti-stress benefits.

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