Re: proline w/out lysine
Because no one is studying Pauling's ideas, all we can do is learn from people such as yourself, regarding the advisability of vitamin C and proline (w/out lysine). We wish you well and let us know.
As someone mentioned, if you eat meat and proteins, you will get some lysine (and lysine is essential, meaning you must get some to exist.) According to Pauling, we all need at least one gram lysine per day.
Apparently proline is non essential, meaning that our bodies can make proline. (One of my pet theories, or at least speculations, is that the reason heart disease may get more prevalent as we age, might be because our ability to make proline diminishes. And reduced proline may be part of the signaling process in the body that causes the liver to make (more) Lp(a).)
If we had an animal model, such as the guinea pig (which we already know, by the way, does not make its own vitamin C, suffers heart disease when vitamin C is insufficient, and vitamin C alone can reverse the heart disease. G.C Willis 1952) that we could also give lysine and proline to, it would be interesting to find out whether proline can take the place of lysine in the Pauling therapy.
One thing I do (think I) know - don't take high lysine/proline without high vitamin C.
e.g., you don't want to take large amounts of either lysine and proline without sufficient vitamin C (if Pauling's theory is correct) because that might dissolve the plaques (which are serving the purpose of making your arteries more stable in the absence of vitamin C.) Without the new collagen, the arteries might rupture without their "plaster casts."
Owen R. Fonorow, Orthomolecular Naturopath
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