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So tea has caffeine, which has arginine, and that's not good.

BUT, tea, especially green tea has virus-fighting properties. I can't seem to cut and paste a link here, but there are studies saying that black tea can neutralize the herpes virus in the mouth, which would hopefully lead to less cold sores, right? (Pace university).

What's been your experience with drinking tea and having OBs?

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Hey Celestite,

The arginine content in black tea is so minimal, especially in terms of influencing herpes, that I would not worry a single hair over it! Black tea does however have a high level of tannins (tannic acid) which can be beneficial in reducing inflammation. The best way to use it is straight, without milk or sugar, and apply it directly to the sore area. It may help reduce redness and pain if you repeatedly apply it, and could be used as a mouth wash too if the sores are inside of the mouth.

Green tea as we all know is rich in many good things, including antioxidants, so will certainly help your body function at its best.

If you are interested in learning about foods and drinks that can help with outbreaks you may like to download the Herpes Free Diet Guide, it is a 46 page e-book (pdf) focused solely on the topic of diet and how it can influence herpes.

Hope this helps ;-)


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The best green tea needs to be bought from Chinese stores. Forget the green tea blend in the mainstream products. Those contain very little in the way of beneficial elements. Get the freeze dried green tea from China. When you open it, put a little of the leaves in a tea pot and run a little boiling water over the leaves. Swish for about a minute then throw the water away. You are now ready to brew. It's traditional but it also has real purpose. You will love the tea and never go back to those prepackaged packages of lawn clippings. PM me if you want more info. I just spent some time in Asia so I have a good idea of green tea.

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