I have searched and searched for an answer to this question, but have been unable to find one that is satisfactory:
I have used Arginine in one form or another as a pre-workout supplement many times. I love it. Currently my favorite pre-workout supp is NO-Explode. However, it never fails... I use the supplement with Arginine and within a couple of days I have cold sores.
Now, we all know that Arginine is required for replication of the HSV, therefore causing the cold sore. However, what we don't know (or rather what I don't know) is how to reap the benefits of the amino while mitigating the negative side effects.
My thought here has to do with timing. I would like to know the timing required to pull off the following:
1. Blood must be relatively low on lysine to allow for arginine to enter bloodstream.
2. Take Arginine Supplement and allow it to enter bloodstream for working out and remain in bloodstream for an optimal time period.
3. Take lysine supplement within an appropriate time period to shift the balance back in favor of the lysine to prevent getting a cold sore.
4. Rinse / repeat
Does anyone have any knowledge on this front or perhaps know of another way to get similar results without the Arginine?