Homocysteine: The unmarked path to Cardiovascular Disease

Heart Circulation PhotoWhat is Homocysteine?

Homocysteine is an amino acid occurring naturally in your body. It is similar to the amino acid cysteine and is made by the metabolism of the essential amino acid methionine. The significance of homocysteine is that has been identified as a toxic amino acid that is a risk factor for development of cardiovascular disease. High levels of Homocysteine can damage blood vessel walls and interfere with the blood’s clotting mechanism making clots more likely. “I hear many people complain that their GP has suggested they start taking medication to bring down their cholesterol levels, after receiving the results of a blood test. I have RARELY heard anyone upset and worried that their doctor has found them to have a high Homocysteine reading. Yet this condition effects 20% of the population before the age of 20 and around 60% of the population before the age of 60." Naturopath Peter Radi said, of this condition.

What causes a high Homocysteine level?

A diet high in animal protein, excessive alcohol and coffee, and smoking all lead to elevated Homocysteine Genetic and nutritional factors that affect nutrient metabolism - such as Vitamins B6, Folate and B12 - can contribute to Homocysteine elevation, as can disease states such as low thyroid function and also certain prescription drugs.

How do you know if you have high Homocysteine?

A simple blood test can detect elevated Homocysteine levels. There are also tests that can detect some of the known causes of Homocysteine elevation.

What can you do to lower it?

Diet and lifestyle have a huge part to play in this but expert help and support is avalable.

Peter Radi - Senior Naturopath and Nutritionist

Peter Radi Naturopath PhotoHaving completed many years of research, experienced Naturopath Peter Radi can give you specific health information on Homocysteine and how you can reduce elevated levels. Learn more about Peter here