Dementia and Homocysteine

04 april 2022

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 being one of the biggest health concerns facing the world 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.


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. 

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