Heart Health: Managing Homocysteine

Hey everyone and happy Monday! I hope you all had a very nice weekend~

I have a great video to share with you today on an important yet little known cardiac risk factor called Homocysteine. This amino acid can have a negative impact on your heart health and may speak to key nutritional deficiencies that may also predispose you to Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.

In the video you will learn what homocysteine is, how to know if it is elevated in you, what nutrients will help protect you from elevated homocysteine levels and what foods to eat to get those key nutrients. Even if you don’t have heart disease in your family, you will want to watch today’s video to protect yourself from any issues down the road.

Unfortunately, most people focus on their cholesterol levels and blood pressure as indicators for heart disease. While these two risk factors are definitely contributors, so is an elevated homocysteine. It is important to know where you stand with all your risk factors so you can go about making the changes necessary to maintain your health.

Once you’ve watched the video I’d love to hear from YOU! Have you ever been told that you have a high homocysteine? If so, what did you so to manage it? Did you change your diet? Take a supplement? I’d love to hear how you treated it in the comments below…

It is fairly easy to get well and stay well by just making a few key shifts in your diet. Anything that you can do to reduce your risk factors for heart disease while enhancing the quality of your life is worth the effort…

Wishing you a very happy and healthy week!
xo
B

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7 comments on “Heart Health: Managing Homocysteine

  1. Alice Lane

    I want to lower my homocysteine level. I watched your UTube video on this and bought these supplements.
    I bought SuperSource B12 10,000 mcg / folic acid 1,200 mcg / B6 2 MG
    I take liquid B vitamins in the AM and the SuperSource before bed.

    Can I take too much of these specific vitamins? Thanks.

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hi Alice~
      While I appreciate your eagerness to lower your homocysteine, as I said in the video you need to discuss supplementation with a qualified health care practitioner that is familiar with your medical history. The video is a generalized forum of information. To understand what is right for you, you’d need further insight from someone familiar with your story. These doses may be too high for your specific needs.
      Kind regards~
      B

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      1. Alice Lane

        I don’t have medical insurance that covers this as I am on Medicare part A only and have not signed up for part B due to recurring bills that occur…
        I know b vitamins are water soluble so this is an issue of folic acid really. Can one take too much folic acid?

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  2. Diane Lalomia

    Since my heart attack in December 2014 I have had blood tests that measured my homocysteine levels. The first test showed my homocysteine levels at 19.3 and I felt like I was going to die. I had been taking a vitamin B complex and decided to switch to a methylated or natural (instead of synthetic) form of the B vitamin complex, called Vessel Care. Two weeks after switching I had more blood work done and my homocysteine levels went down to 9.8. Six months later my blood work was again repeated and my homocysteine levels were 6.76 and I continue to take the Vessel Care vitamins daily. I learned about this when reading a book, “The Whole Heart Solution” by Dr. Joel Kahn, who is now one of my cardiologists. I truly believe that learning this saved my life. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Kahn for educating me because my traditional cardiologists refused to discuss this with me and even gave me studies trying to disprove the connection of B vitamins and homocysteine.

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  3. Iraida Mendez

    Loved the video.
    As you know I have heart disease and over the years you made me realize how important it is to keep the homocysteine levels on check.
    For some reason doctors in general watch the cholesterol levels in your blood, good as well as bad, but, in most cases do not emphasize the importance of homocysteine.
    I think your advice will do a lot of good to people that are not aware of that fact.
    Keep up the good work,
    Dad

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