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Mesquite and Lysine

I usually screw up smoothies because I put too many things in it, trying to drink my supplements, so I’m finally cutting down a little to find the flavor in my breakfast. This morning’s was good enough to share!

Lysine Smoothie

Water

Strawberries

Banana

Coconut Butter

1t Mesquite Powder

1t Chlorella

3 shakes of Trace Minerals

1/4c Chia

mesquite

Now I didn’t say it wasn’t weird. That’s still a lot of things, but they all have their place. I’m going to talk a little about Mesquite powder. This is not a BBQ smoothie. It doesn’t come from the hardwood used for grilling. The superfood powder comes from the pods of the plant. It’s kind of sweet and nutty. It is a source of lysine, iron, manganese, zinc, calcium, and potassium. Lysine is the inspiration for why I started taking mesquite. Lysine is a necessary building block for all protein in the body. It plays a major role in calcium absorption, building muscle protein; recovering from surgery or sports injuries; and the body’s production of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies.

But the exciting thing is it’s been shown to help combat herpes simplex infections, for example helping to prevent and treat cold sores. There is a hypothesis that lysine inhibits herpes activity, while another amino acid, arginine, promotes it. Unfortunately there isn’t loads of proof to back this up (a few studies), but it’s worth it to at least try to keep your ratio of lysine and arginine anti-outbreak. To give you an idea, fish, chicken, beef, lamb, milk, cheese, beans, brewer’s yeast, mung bean sprouts and most fruits and vegetables have more lysine than arginine, except for peas. Chocolate, coconut, oats, wholewheat, peanuts and soybeans have more arginine than lysine. ARGININE IS AN ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID TOO! It plays an important role in cell division, the healing of wounds, removing ammonia from the body, immune function, and the release of hormones. So we’re certainly not trying to avoid it! But the ratio of lysine to arginine is something to keep in mind when you have cold sores. 

The more effective way to prevent cold sores is to manage your stress and maintain an overall healthy diet. Make mental notes of what happened in the prior week to an outbreak. My triggers are extreme stress, drinking too much and eating too much sugar (which are also extreme stress to my body!), and of course just catching a regular old cold. While we can’t always be perfect and can’t always keep our stress down, it is SO helpful to at least become more aware of the cause and effect mechanisms within our bodies.

I am eager to try mesquite powder in baked goods. Supposedly it lends a sweet flavor and you can use it as half your flour mix. I’ll post when I do (if it comes out alright!). This weekend is Dandelion Day in our little mountain town. They made it our town flower years ago to promote awareness and protect the poor little weed from nasty chemicals! So I’ll be experimenting with how to bake with dandelion root powder – stay tuned!

Yours truly, Jellyflower Sunfish

 

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