High Homocysteine Levels Put You at Risk for Heart and Blood Vessel Disease, Stroke and Memory Loss

Can vitamin B supplementation reduce homocysteine levels, reduce your risk for blood clots and hardening arteries as well as a number of other benefits!

Homocysteine is a common amino acid and a protein building block that is usually obtained by eating meat. Although it is needed by the body, high homocysteine levels have been linked to the hardening of arteries and the formation of blood clots that can cause heart and blood vessel disease. Other health concerns such as stroke and memory loss have also been associated with high homocysteine levels. It has been suggested that individuals with high homocysteine levels increase their daily intake of B Vitamins; B Vitamins are found in large concentrations in a number of fruits, grains and green vegetables. A B-Complex supplement can also be taken to increase your daily dose.

There are certain risk factors for blood clots that can lead to heart attack and stroke, including but not limited to; smoking a cigarette, acute emotional stress, physical overexertion, and virus or even just getting out of the bed too quickly in the morning. High homocysteine levels have now also been linked as a trigger that creates blood cloths as well as hardens arteries; approximately one out of every four adults in America has excessively high homocysteine levels.

A recent study conducted using the B-Complex formula showed a 31.8 % reduction in homocysteine levels over a 6 month period, women were more responsive in the study when compared to men.

Glucose is the primary blood sugar used by the mitochondria as fuel to manufacture energy in forms usable by the body; when you eat a meal the pancreas secretes insulin in order for the glucose to be transported into the cells. If the cells become resistant to insulin’s effects, blood glucose levels in the body increase, causing cardiovascular disease, nerve damage and kidney problems. If the cells become insulin resistance, the pancreas pumps out additional insulin in an attempt facilitate the transport of glucose, therefore increasing the body’s fasting insulin levels. An increase in insulin levels has been shown to cause high triglycerides, low good cholesterol, obesity, type 2 diabetes, gout and high blood pressure. When the study participant’s taking Advanced Physician’s Formula had their blood tested, researchers also saw that fasting insulin levels were reduced by 58.6%, indicating that the complex was able to facilitate the transport of glucose into the cells for conversion into usable energy.

 

Note: The optimal range for fasting blood glucose is 70-85 mg/dL and insulin should be less than 5 µIU/mL; a  fasting insulin level over 15 Units/ml should be considered hyperinsulinemia.

 

Refrences:
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/homocysteine-risk
http://www.webmd.com/search/search_results/default.aspx?query=b%20vitamins