Homocystein and Your Heart
Timeless Fitness Tip
High levels of homocystein (a sulphur containing amino acid) are linked to an elevated risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.
Have your homocystein risk level measured together with your regular lipid profile tests. High levels mean high risk: accumulated homocystein damages the inner lining of the arteries, and encourages the formation of atherosclerosis.
Tests are especially recommended for those who have a family history of heart disease, as well as those who suffered a stroke or deep vein thrombosis, a condition caused by blood clots. A homocystein test can help your doctor evaluate your risk for heart disease and associated conditions.
If your levels are found high, the treatment is cheap, simple and extremely effective:
- 400 IU's Vitamin E.
- 50mg Vitamin B-6
- At least 50 micrograms Vitamin B-12
- 400mcg Folic Acid
These nutrients ensure the conversion of homocystein into beneficial antioxidants.
People with a genetic tendency for high homocystein levels often have a deficiency of these nutrients.
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