Tag Archive: homocysteine

  1. Vitamin B12 and Alzheimers disease

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    It has been known for some time now that Vitamin B12 breaks down homocysteine in the body. High levels of homocysteine may make you more likely to get diseases like Alzheimers, heart disease, strokes and DVT’s. The good news is that high levels can be bought down safely with good nutrition and a few minor supplements. If you interested you can get your levels tested privately and I do these on a regular basis for people who are trying to prevent illness.

    If you would like to discuss this with me please call on 01323 737814 or email at katenut@aol.com. You may be interested in the article below which you can cut and paste into your browser


  2. The Great Cholesterol Con

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    After a week seeing patients who are trying to avoid statins and bring their cholesterol down naturally, I am reminding you all to read “The Great Cholesterol Con”. This book has been about for several years and will give you a balanced view about what exactly is going on with the cholesterol “story”.

    Did you know that when sticky arterial plaque has been examined, only about 20% of it is actual cholesterol, the other 80% is due to inflammation caused by high insulin and high homocysteine. Did you also know that cholesterol is there in the body to heal and often goes to sites of damage? Mmmm that’s made you think hasn’t it…

    Further and further the optimum levels of cholesterol have come down. From 6, to 5, now under 4. Where next, 3, 2, no cholesterol? I had a male patient last year who’s cholesterol was 2.3 and he had to have a quadruple bypass. Something’s not quite right is it, and 6 million of us in the UK are taking statins every day.

  3. Ho Ho Ho…(!!!) How high is your homocysteine?

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    If you know what your cholesterol levels are, and the ratio of HDL/LDL – how about knowing what your homocysteine levels are?

    Homocysteine is an amino acid that is produced in the body in the course of methionine metabolism. This amino acid has been the focus of increasing attention in recent years because high levels in the blood are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

    It has a toxic effect on cells lining the arteries making blood more prone to clot and promotes the oxidation of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) which makes it more likely that cholesterol will be deposited as plaque in the blood vessels. Like many amino acids it does perform a necessary function in the body, however a genetic defect or more commonly, deficiencies of vitamins B6 and B12 and folate (folic acid) can prevent it from converting rapidly enough. Vitamins B6 and B12 and folate work together to help the breakdown of homocysteine.

    Homocysteine is an excellent indicator in assessing cardiovascular disease with research showing that a three point decrease in levels (umol/L) reduces the risk of:

    Heart attacks by 16%
    Strokes by 24%
    Deep Vein Thrombosis by 25%

    It is now used as a clear indicator of future troubles for all manner of disease and is linked to more than 100 other serious medical conditions including: arthritis, diabetes, some cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, problem pregnancies and birth defects.

    There are high risk groups and low risk groups and the only way to find out is to have a test. High risk groups include people who don’t exercise, are overweight, diabetes sufferers, smokers, those on a poor diet and people who drink too much alcohol and coffee. Even those with active healthy lifestyles may still be at risk if there is a family history of high homocysteine levels. Levels also increase with age, oestrogen deficiency, and on some medications e.g. corticosteroids and some cancer treatment drugs. Strict vegetarians and vegans can also be at risk and stress can be an aggravating factor too.

    1) Get your levels tested – some GP’s now offer this, or consult a nutritionist
    2)If your levels are found to be raised, supplement your diet with folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12
    3)Stop smoking
    4)Maintain a healthy diet – high in garlic, onions and apples (which lower cholesterol) and fresh fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and the essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) inc. fish, nuts and seeds
    5)Get active
    6) Drink alcohol in moderation

    If you’d like your homocysteine tested please contact me on 01323 737814.