B Vitamins & Homocysteine
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Why homocysteine and B vitamins? Because heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. As a result, the pharmaceutical industry spends gobs and gobs of money on advertising drugs. These drugs may lower “bad” LDL cholesterol in hopes of lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. Of course, please be sure and read my previous article on the cholesterol myth. As a matter of fact, according to a report aired on 60 Minutes, drug companies spend tons more money on advertising drugs than on researching solutions. In this article we will review the role of homocysteine and b vitamins. Specifically, how they may help support healthy heart function and healthy cholesterol levels.
The Drug Companies…
One of the factors involved in cardiovascular disease is homocysteine. Homocysteine is an an amino acid derived from protein. There is a clear relationship between cardiovascular disease and elevated homocysteine levels. And it was first suggested in 1969 and confirmed in 1976. Yet, little research has been conducted since that time. As a result, not much has confirmed homocysteine as a primary factor. Why has no one looked into this potential key factor? Meanwhile there are many studies showing the vital role of vitamins B6, B12, folate and betadine. Particularly how they help the liver metabolize protein. If you recall, homocysteine is an amino acid, which is a building block of protein.
Drug companies’ interest in homocysteine stems from one key fact. This amino acid can cause cholesterol to change to low-density lipoprotein (“bad” LDL cholesterol). We’ve all heard of LDL’s implication with heart disease. In addition, high homocysteine levels may increase the risk of blood clots. This intensifies the risk of both heart disease and stroke, both of which can be fatal. In fact, they are two of America’s leading causes of death. While there are no studies relating low homocysteine levels with reduced stroke or heart conditions, it is often elevated in those at risk for heart disease.
Most people with a high homocysteine levels share a similar problem. Often they do not get adequate amounts of betadine, vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid in their diet. It is well-known that diets high in meat and dairy products are deficient in these compounds, usually because of processing.
Eating more fruits and vegetables can help lower your homocysteine levels by increasing the folate you get in your diet. This is especially true if you eat leafy green vegetables. There are many great sources of folate including many lentils, asparagus, spinach and most beans.
If you do not have enough vitamin B6 in your diet, try adding some good dietary sources like potatoes, bananas, garbanzo beans and chicken. Organ meats (such as liver), beef, and some types of fish are also great sources of vitamin B12.
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