Proline is a nonessential amino acid and the precursor to hydroxyproline which is a major amino acid found in the connective tissue of the body – collagen. Proline is different from other amino acids as when it is combined with protein its structure imparts a rigid formation which makes it difficult to digest.
Some proteins in foods we commonly ear have multiple amino acid sequences that prevent our digestive systems from breaking them down so that they can be metabolised efficiently. Our failure to break down these proteins in our gastrointestinal tract means the nutritional value of the food is reduced and a wide range of symptoms are produced.
In Australia over 30% of the population have the genes to experience food intolerance and sensitivities. Some intolerances may become rapidly life-threatening such as a peanut allergy. Others develop over a period of time and increase with continual exposure.
By using the correct digestive supplement to break down the digestion resistant immune genic proteins, it will then prevent the immune system reacting adversely to the foods; allow the food to be more efficiently metabolised early in the small intestine, so it does not proceed to the large intestine undigested, where bacterial fermentation my cause an increase in acidity, a change in bacteria culture, the release of toxins and a change in fatty acid absorption.
Foods high in Proline:
Vegetables: Asparagus, avocados, bamboo shoots, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, chives, legumes, seaweed, spinach, tomato, watercress
Dairy Products: All, Caseinate, Lactablbumin, whey, cheese and soy
Meat: Beef, lamb, pork Poultry: Turkey, chicken, duck and emu
Fish: Tinned tuna, Ling, Pike, Pacific and Atlantic Cod, Haddock, Perch, Mackerel, Monkfish, Shrimp, Crab
Grains: Whole, brown rice bran, sunflower and sesame seeds
Nuts: Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Pistachio
Many of the above foods are difficult to avoid especially if you are on a high protein diet. Please use a rotation diet so you have eggs one day, fish the next, meat the next etc. If you have had a Food Test please continue to avoid the foods that you have a personal intolerance or sensitivity to.
The House of Healing offers a simple non-invasive test to ascertain your proline status and then you can take immediate steps to treat your condition. 30 minute appointment $50. Bookings essential.