This invention relates to the use of free L-proline in the preparation of a supplement, and to a supplement so prepared, as well as a method using such a supplement for supplementing the concentration of cellular free L-proline in abalone and for restricting the dehydration of abalone. The supplement is further effective in reducing the levels of free radicals in abalone experiencing water stress and hypoxic stress. The invention further relates to a method of restricting the dehydration of abalone during storage and transportation including the step of administering to abalone an effective amount of free L-proline.

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