Proline supplement health benefit by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
Feb 15 2014

L Proline is an amino acid found in high amounts in collagen and the peptide gluten. The collagen superfamily is highly complex and shows a remarkable diversity in molecular and supramolecular organization, tissue distribution and function. However, all its members share a common structural feature, the presence of at least one triple-helical domain, which corresponds to a number of (Gly-X-Y)n repeats (X being frequently proline and Y hydroxyproline) in the amino acid sequence. If you are interested in the latest research on natural supplements and amino acids, consider subscribing to a free natural medicine newsletter on holistic medicine sent by email. L ornithine is an amino Acid used by the body to make arginine, proline, and polyamines.

Proline Metabolism
In mammals, L-arginine is classified as a semiessential or conditionally essential amino acid, depending on the developmental stage and health status of the individual. It can be derived from proline or glutamate, with the ultimate synthetic step catalyzed by argininosuccinate lyase.

Clin Exp Hypertens. 2012. Predictors of the short-term effect of isoleucine-proline-proline/valine-proline-proline lactotripeptides from casein on office and ambulatory blood pressure in subjects with pharmacologically untreated high-normal blood pressure or first-degree hypertension. Our aim was to evaluate the predictors of Isoleucine-Proline-Proline/Valine-Proline-Proline (IPP-VPP) lactotripeptides (LTPs) antihypertensive effect in the context of a short-term large double-blind randomized clinical trial involving 164 pharmacologically untreated subjects in primary prevention for cardiovascular disease. When compared with the baseline, office systolic blood pressure (SBP) (-3.42 mm Hg, P < .001) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) (-2.35 mm Hg, P < .001) significantly decreased, in the LTP-treated patients only. No significant change in predictors during the study of ambulatory blood pressure measurement (ABPM) parameters was observed. A short-term supplementation with LTPs significantly improves the office SBP and DBP, especially in male subjects. The main predictor of LTP antihypertensive effect was the baseline BP.

Q. What are the effects of taking a proline supplement pill?
   A. I don't know. I have not yet taken a proline capsule by itself to see what it does.