Dementia

Dementia and Homocysteine

Are you aware that one of the most important indicators of heart and brain disease is homocysteine? 

High blood levels of homocysteine are an independent risk factor for heart disease, dementia, stroke and thrombosis. 

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid in your body. High levels of homocysteine can cause inflammation and damage to your blood vessels when levels become elevated. Deficiency of B vitamins 1, 6, 11 (folate) and 12 will increase homocysteine levels. Every week, we read or hear about dementia and heart disease are among the biggest health concerns facing today. Most people have experienced this problem because they know a friend or family member with one of these health problems. 

In many cases, they may be facing one of these conditions themselves. 

Testing

All it takes is a blood test, to measure the level of homocysteine in your blood. In the Netherlands, when vitamin B12 is normal to low, the lab automatically checks the homocysteine. However, it is NOT a routine test in many countries and labs, so ask your doctor for it specifically. 

How can you naturally and easily keep your homocysteine levels in the normal range?

You can accomplish this with a few supplements and healthy eating habits. And guess what? You are going to feel better and gain more energy in the process! 

The first thing you may want to consider is taking a pharmaceutical-grade natural multi-vitamin that contains B vitamins

Most quality vitamins will only contain about as much of a certain vitamin and mineral which can be absorbed by your body at one time, so sometimes it’s better to take it 2-3 times a day. 

Because the body needs nutrition throughout the day, this is one of the best ways to feed your body what it needs. Another supplement is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Research has shown and proven this to be effective in fighting heart disease. It inhibits the formation of free radicals. 

Next, here are some great natural food sources to keep your homocysteine levels in the normal range. 

Vegetable proteins do not raise levels like some meat proteins can so eat plenty of leafy dark green vegetables

Legumes (beans) of all kinds are a great source of protein. 

Eggs are a great source of protein (the only protein with all 20 amino acids in the correct ratios for your body) and a great source of folate, which helps control your homocysteine level. 

Great sources of soy like tofu, soy beverages, and soy nuts. 

Nuts - in particular - Brazil, walnuts, almonds, pecans and hazelnuts. As well as seeds like pumpkin, flax and sunflower seeds, which are also high in folate. 

High-quality grass-fed organic beef, wild game, wild salmon and sardines

Poor quality sources of meat protein can actually raise your level of homocysteine. 

So as you have learned, you can naturally and easily help your body avoid one of the factors which lead to brain and heart disease with these proven, simple and low-cost methods. 

And guess what? Just imagine how you are going to feel better and gain more energy in the process in a short period of time!

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