ELEVATED HOMOCYSTEINE

Elevated homocysteine is a proven risk factor for vascular disease.

Homocysteine can be lowered by supplementing with methylated vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid.

Homocysteine can be a genetic condition which can be tested through a simple DNA Cheek swab. If you have the mutated gene that slows down methylation, then you could be at risk of elevated homocysteine. Always check blood markers of homocysteine alongside DNA swabs. Impaired methylation may prevent the breakdown of neuro-transmitters, displaying symptoms of chronic anxiety and lack of sleep. Other symptoms of not methylating optimally include, foods sensitivities especially to sulphites, fatigue, and sensitivities to wine and caffeine.

Homocysteine is an amino acid that’s very similar to the amino acids used by the body to make proteins. But, unlike these beneficial amino acids, homocysteine has toxic properties that contribute to poor health. High levels of homocysteine have been associated with numerous degenerative diseases.

Why Homocysteine Is So Dangerous?

Scientists are still investigating the exact mechanism as to why homocysteine contributes to these grave health risks, but several convincing mechanisms are emerging. The most prominent ones involve homocysteine’s ability to elevate oxidant stress, alter lipid (fat) metabolism, and promote excessive blood clotting.

To check whether you are predisposed to methylating sub-optimally and to check your homocysteine levels, get in touch by either emailing me at info@functional-health.co.uk and we can testing. I also offer a 15 minute complimentary chat, that can be booked.