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A Powerful Combination

by Ken Risley on July 19, 2010

L-Lycine and Vitamin C (Ascorbate) are a powerful combination in our overall health. Studies, starting back with Dr. Linus Pauling (a two time Nobel prize winner for his discoveries) have  shown that heart disease mostly comes about because of factors which these two nutrients prevent.

L-Lycine can’t be manufactured in the body. It must be taken by supplement. Yet it is a major player in not only heart related factors but also in the maintaining of immunity against diseases and infections, calcium absorption, the formation of collagen (part of the collagen matrix which you will learn so much about if you begin researching), proper grown, cholesterol control (cholesterol this is an entirely misunderstood phenomenon which you owe to yourself to understand) and many more. It is an essential amino acid.

Ascorbate also can’t be manufacturer by the human body. Most animals on earth CAN product ascorbate (Vitamin C) and it is found that these rarely suffer from cardiovascular disease. We, and guinea pigs, and one or two others, are incapable of this function. Interestingly we used to be able to product it. Scientists have found the dormant gene. It is estimated that we quit producing it about 10,000 years ago.

The popular sources of nutritional data, today, are almost criminally silent on this fact. Standard daily recommendations for Vitamin C are barely a fraction of what our bodies need. Studies have shown that we need about 3 to 5 grams, daily (depending upon body size and other factors) to prevent and even reverse atherosclerotic plaques from forming on the arterial walls.

Points to note:

  • Since guinea pigs, like us, do not produce their own ascorbate, experiments were run comparing two groups of the little critters. One was given ascorbate, the other not. The experiment was done several times and in each atherosclerosis was induced in the guinea pigs without the ascorbate. The animals which were fed an equivalent of 3 to 5 grams for a human were able to produce collagen and showed no signs of the disease. This experiment showed beyond any reasonable doubt that a single factor ­ too little vitamin C ­ caused Lp(a) based atherosclerotic plaques.
  • Another scientific paper summarized (a) that vitamin C deficiency is the direct and most frequent cause of heart attacks, (b) how plasma risk factors lead to atherosclerotic deposits in arterial walls, (c) why humans suffer from heart attack and stroke but rarely from failure of other organs, and (d) why animal species who are able to produce their own vitamin C in the body do not develop heart disease.
  • THIS IS IMPORTANT: Life Extension scientists at USC stated, “The results of The Life Extension Foundation’s four-pronged carotid ultrasound test showed that in 23 out of 30 of these very high vitamin C supplement takers, there was no evidence of carotid plaque formation, obstruction (stenosis) or intimamedia  thickening.  Accordingly, what we call atherosclerosis, or human cardiovascular disease, is a natural body healing process for the walls of arteries and veins made structurally weak from insufficient collagen, a condition caused by inadequate vitamin C in the diet.”

The above point is important and may give you a real sense of what the body is doing when it packs cholesterol to the artery walls. It is actually attempting to handle another life threatening factor which is, itself, induced by lack of ascorbate.

One important function of vitamin C is in the formation and maintenance of collagen, the basis of connective tissue, which is found in skin, ligaments, cartilage,  vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, and the bones and teeth.. Scurvy is a disease which is a manifestation of a breakdown of this function. Full scurvy is big problem – as was known on the ships at sea in days of the past. However today most of the population is actually sub-scurvy (a mild form) and cracked blood vessels are one of the unfortunate results. The body attempts to patch these to keep the body from bleeding internally and this can result in the buildup of plaque that can kill us.

Getting the proper ascorbate and L-Lysine can handle this condition.

Why is this not common and well disseminated knowledge?

  • Pauling himself stated, after discovering that optimum dietary vitamin C prevents the deposition of lipoprotein(a) in artery walls, that “ It simply boggles the mind that there have been so few scientific follow-ups to the original clinical studies of the relationship between Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) deficiency and atherosclerosis.”
  • Since then, there have been others who have verified the discoveries about vitamin C. Given that the certainty of the finding it is curious as to the cause of the mysterious missing info about vitamin C. It would appear that the fact that this is not highly promoted and made known to every person in our population is an intentional omission and actually constitutes scientific fraud.
  • A prevailing theory is that certain members of the pharmaceutical­medical complex, after first promoting vitamin C as a treatment for fevers and infections, realized that widespread use of this non prescription substance would cancel the need for developing a lucrative prescription antiviral drug market. This sounds very conspiratorial but considering that the pharmaceutical business, as does any business, requires profits to stay alive, it is an understandable conclusion. I, for one, do not consider these to be bad folks. It is simply a matter that when any entity has statistics which are related to the maintenance of a ‘down-stat’ (a non optimum condition) then it only makes sense that the entity should not take action to truly rectify the condition. This is a sad point of human nature. Each of us, likely, has been guilty of it. It is not a point of naming bad guys, it is only a point of understanding that human nature sometimes works against the optimum situation.


The Honest truth is that science has known for many decades that damage to the walls of blood vessels (or lesions) are a necessary precondition for the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in human beings.  Countless experiments show, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a single factor ­ too little vitamin C ­ causes Lp(a) based atherosclerotic plaques. Pauling stated, “. I think it is a very important discovery.” [Linus Pauling, 1994]. And further, he said, “Knowing that lysyl residues are what causes lipoprotein­(a) to stick to the wall of the artery and form atherosclerotic plaques, any physical chemist would say at once that to prevent that put the amino acid lysine in the blood to a greater extent than it is normally.”

Some have. But I’ll bet you not heard this – until now.

So, please, if you are at risk of heart disease, or if there is a history of heart disease in your family, if your father or other members of the family died of a heart attack or stroke or whatever, or if you have a mild heart attack yourself then you had better be taking vitamin C and Lysine.

Frankly, all of us need to take this powerful combination even if we are healthy now. I began my daily regimens back in 2007. Likely, all of us are on a slippery slope to non-optimum cardiovascular health, unless we take the measures suggested by this excellent science and summarized in this article.

Description The True Data regarding Ascorbate and L-Lycine are not widely known. This article contains information about Vitamin C, What does Vitamin C Do, Recommended Daily Dose of vitamin C – all data which is vital for anyone who has a body, and a heart, to know. Might that be you?

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