How Homocysteine Levels Impact Your Health
Homocysteine is a naturally-occurring amino acid that’s created in your body during metabolic processes.
This amino acid is a critical step in the methylation pathway. This biochemical pathway is responsible for many important functions in your body, including controlling inflammation, detoxification, immune system function, energy production, mood balancing and maintaining DNA.
Homocysteine transforms into a benign product at normal levels in healthy people. When it is not properly metabolized however, it builds up and acts like a toxin. This results in higher inflammation levels and leads to a host of nasty medical conditions.
How do you know if you have high homocysteine levels? Get thorough blood testing at the cellular level.
Medical Conditions Caused by High Homocysteine Levels
Because of the importance to health of the methylation pathway, it’s not surprising that when this pathway is not working, sickness follows.
High homocysteine levels indicate problems with this pathway. High homocysteine has been linked to:
- Osteoporosis – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25335377
- Dementia – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24159435
- Stroke – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28754404
- Coronary artery disease (CAD) – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27803490
- AFIB – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29050786
- Carotid disease – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28959489
- Aneurysm – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28943219
- Death – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28225483
- Bipolar – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29120844
- Anxiety/depression https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28827592
- Hashimoto’s- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29288439
What Causes High Homocysteine Levels?
The most fundamental causes of high homocysteine levels in adults are nutritional deficiencies and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
High homocysteine really is a sign that you need more B vitamins.
Smoking, drinking, drugs and certain Big Pharma meds like diabetes drugs, birth control pills, cholesterol drugs, antibiotics and others can elevate homocysteine levels.
Some people with an MTHFR gene mutation may be genetically pre-disposed to higher homocysteine levels. However, this predisposition does not mean they’ll get the condition. A spark still needs to trigger the problem, and in this case the spark is poor nutrition (lack of B vitamins) and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Natural Treatment Remedies for High Homocysteine
1. Eat the Right Diet
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3. Use Quality B Vitamin Nutritional Supplements
It’s nearly impossible to meet all your nutritional needs in today’s world through food alone. The depletion of our soils and the contaminants in the air and water have degraded food nutritional values.
That’s why high quality, high potency B vitamin nutritional supplements are crucial for health. You need all eight B vitamins for good health.
Homocysteine Support does just what its name implies. It contains synergistic nutrients to facilitate the efficient metabolism of homocysteine.
The Drs. Wolfson MULTI provides a strong foundation of B vitamins for proper homocysteine levels as well.
4. Be Active
Be active 30 minutes each day, preferably outdoors. Your body will benefit from the sunshine and outdoor air. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce inflammation, improve body weight control, strengthen the immune system, and improve sleep quality. Walk, hike, run, bike, swim. Yoga and body weight exercises are great too.
5. Reduce Stress
Stress kills in many ways. Find ways to get stress out of your life. Exercise is a great stress reliever. So is meditation, journaling, volunteering, and praying.
6. Get 8 Hours of Quality Sleep Daily
Practice a relaxing bedtime routine. Promote habits that lead to good rest. Avoid use of electronics, as they’ve been shown to interrupt good sleep. Sleep in a cool, dark room. Avoid use of drugs or alcohol. Your body heals itself and rejuvenates during rest periods. Get plenty of quality sleep.
7. Drink Half Your Body Weight in Ounces of Water Daily
Dehydration is a condition created when your body lacks the amount of water it needs for good health and vitality.
Lack of proper amounts of quality water (stay away from the plastic bottled stuff, get a home water purification system instead) creates a host of horrible medical conditions too numerous to mention in this post. I see too many patients in my practice that are suffering from dehydration. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. You may need even more in extreme heat or periods of increased activity.