Patient One L-Lysine supplies 500 mg per capsule of the essential amino acid Lysine HCl. Because the human body does not make lysine, it must be obtained through diet and/or supplementation. Obtaining insufficient amounts of this amino acid can lead to degradation of the body's proteins, including muscle. Since amino acids cannot be stored by the body for later use, they should be consumed daily for optimal health.
Dietary proteins, particularly red meat such as beef and pork, contain lysine. Vegetarians, athletes and those with certain dietary restrictions may have difficulty achieving proper lysine levels.
Lysine provides nutritional support for the body's natural immune defenses, including maintaining healthy gum and lip tissue. It is necessary for healthy growth and tissue repair and is involved in the normal production of antibodies, hormones and enzymes. Lysine supports the formation of collagen, a protein that is vital for bones and connective tissues, including skin, tendons and cartilage. Lysine has also been shown to assist calcium absorption, providing potential support for healthy bones.
As a precursor of the amino acid derivative L-carnitine, lysine supplementation can play a supporting role in situations where L-carnitine levels are low. By supporting increased production of carnitine, lysine can assist with helping the body convert fatty acids into energy.