Bone/Collagen structure

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The entire body is held together by connective tissue. About 90% of the matrix proteins are collagen, which is the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen is very strong and forms bone, cartilage, skin, and tendons.
Collagen production is dependent upon ample supplies of ascorbates. Most animals produce their own ascorbates from the food they eat, but humans,guinea pigs, fruit bats and primates do not.
Unless sufficient quantities of right ascorbates are ingested daily, the matrix becomes stiff and brittle: Skin wrinkles,backs ache, ligaments pull and the little sacs in the lungs get stiff—causing blood vessels
and arteries to crack.
Another critical factor to the production of collagen are the amino acids lysine and proline. Dr. Linus Pauling, a two time Nobel price winner has researched this extensively. When our bodies do not have enough vitamin C, they cannot use the amino acids lysine and proline to produce the collagen. Like ascorbates, humans must obtain lysine from dietary sources. Proline can be produced by the body but normally in inadequate quantities. Lysine and proline are essential for proper collagen formation and also to prevent cholesterol build-up in the veins.
This happens in the form of plaque. Symptoms caused by ascorbate deficiencies are traditionally
called “scurvy.” The body can, for a time, manufacture enough lipoproteins from blood plasma to “patch” the arterial cracks. The patch material is commonly called “plaque.” As the plaque gets thicker,
vessels and arteries can no longer flex and blood flow is restricted.
As a result, the heart rate increases. This condition is commonly diagnosed as “high blood pressure.”
Over time, vessels and arteries can become so cracked that people lose blood internally, eventually resulting in a heart attack.

A diet rich in ascorbates can prevent scurvy and, to an extent, sufficient doses of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can reverse the deficiency and other chronic conditions created by a lack of vitamin C. However ascorbic acid is only one form of ascorbate and can cause digestive discomfort when sufficient doses
are taken. Buffered mineral ascorbates (sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate and potassium ascorbate) can be taken daily in larger quantities without discomfort. As stated above the only substances capable of healing damaged vessels and arteries are ascorbates. The presence of buffered mineral ascorbates also prevents and/or reverses the symptoms of high blood sugar,commonly referred to as “diabetes.”

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