(ho-mo-sist-een) is an essential amino acid that has gotten
much coverage in the press lately as a culprit in the development
of blood clots, stroke and heart disease.
have indicated that homocysteine damages the arteries and
then oxidizes cholesterol
before it infiltrates the vessel.
- or high levels of homocysteine in the blood - is not a new
discovery but has taken on new importance by doctors as an underlying cause of cardiovascular risk that can no longer be ignored.
How do I know if I have elevated homocysteine levels?
Much like LDL or "bad cholesterol", homocysteine only begins to pose a danger when it becomes oxidized (reacts with oxygen molecules in the blood). The damaged homocysteine molecules then begin to scar the inner lining of blood vessels, leaving small pothole-like lesions that provide perfect places for plaque buildup.
mounts that a heart attack or stroke is more likely to occur
in the presence of high homocysteine levels, a number of scientists
have even named it as the single biochemical risk factor for
blood coagulation leading to danger of clot formation,
heart disease and stroke.
B & folic acid therapy for higher levels of homocysteine
research points to many cancer patients suffering from low
levels of vitamin
D , higher homocysteine levels have been linked to lower
levels of vitamin
B12 and folic
acid in patients who suffer from heart disease.
have not shown benefits to existing damage caused by heart
disease, but there is evidence that B vitamins and folic
acid are beneficial to reducing risk in patients prone to
stroke. Therefore, a vitamin B & folic acid regimen may
be a good preventative for those with a family history or
genetic risk for cardiovascular and other diseases.