and why is it so important?
is a natural amino acid that can be toxic when it builds
up to excessive levels in the body. When
is not completely broken down by the body, it becomes a
very dangerous substance, causing clotting, oxidization,
atherosclerosis, blocked blood flow and can
injure the blood vessel wall, allowing cholesterol and other
fats to infiltrate into the wall and create what is called a
foam cell, thereby creating blood wall plaque.
Even in moderately healthy adults, modest
homocysteine are associated with significantly increased
risks of brain strokes, heart attacks, and arterial disease.
Simply put: tracking cholesterol levels is relatively
unimportant when it comes to predicting cardiovascular health
and/or heart attack risk.
status is a far more realistic and important indicator.
Underscoring this conclusion is the American
Heart Association's outspoken criticism of the way the
effect continues to be ignored by mainstream docs. So,
chances are you know next to nothing about how
, as it reaches unhealthy
levels, promotes the buildup of plaque on blood vessel walls,
increases coagulation and the danger of blood clots, and
significantly multiplies your risk of heart attack and stroke.
level can be easily measured with a simple blood test.
And you can readily take simple steps to lower your
to a healthy level. Studies have found that your risk of
heart attack and coronary artery disease begin to increase at
levels of around 6.5. A
level of 10 roughly doubles your risk for CAD, and a
reading of 15 (the high end of "normal") increases your risk
four-fold. Readings over 15 are considered extremely dangerous.
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So, what's the problem? Why the silence? Why does
mainstream medicine continue to proclaim cholesterol as the
primary indicator of heart disease despite ample research that
shows otherwise. Why hasn't your doctor TOLD you this? Could it
be because the pharmaceutical industry doesn't have a pill to
treat it. If your doctor could write a prescription to lower
- (he can't) - or if Pfizer or Bristol-Myers Squibb or
Merck made a prescription product that could reduce it, you can
homocysteine would be a household word.
The real explanation for the conspiracy of
silence is the fact that the condition can only be corrected by
appropriate nutritional supplementation.
metabolism depends on nutrients such as folate, vitamin
B6 and B12, choline and TMG which is why your
level drops when you increase your intake of these
hasn't been ignored by eminent researchers.
Various studies have found that persons with elevated levels in
their blood are at an increased risk of heart and vessel
disease. These studies include the Physicians' Health Study,
the Tromso Study from Norway, the Framingham Heart Study, and a
meta-analysis of nearly 40 studies. According to a study in the
European Journal of Clinical Investigation, 40% of stroke
victims have elevated
compared to only 6% of controls. The study found
in lacunar, hemorrhagic and embolic strokes.
A study published in Lancet in 1996 showed that
even after adjustment for other risk factors,
was an independent risk factor for stroke
and arterial thrombosis. Another study published in Lancet came
to the same conclusion after studying 107 middle-aged British
men who participated in a 2-year investigation. The authors
concluded that "these findings suggest that
is a strong and independent risk factor for
stroke." It has even been reported that the level of
in blood correlates with the thickness of
arteries. And it was reported in the Journal of Nutrition that
men with levels of
homocysteine above 14 mmol/L had a greater
than 50% chance of stenosis in an extracranial carotid artery,
whereas men with levels below 9.1 mmol/L only had a 27%
incidence of stenosis. A major study involving 80,000 nurses
over 14 years showed that for every 200 mcg of folate consumed
daily, heart disease fell by 11%. For every 2 mg of B6, heart
disease fell by 17%. Another confirming study is a Tulane
University report which showed that lowering homocysteine may
significantly reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular
disease (CVD). Data from a 1992 study (published as part of the
Physicians' Health Study) of 14,916 U.S. physicians with no
prior history of heart disease, shows that highly elevated
homocysteine levels are associated with a more than three-fold
increase in the risk of heart attack over a five-year period.
The Framingham Heart Study and other studies have confirmed
these findings with similar data. In 1997 the prestigious New
England Journal of Medicine stated that blood levels of
was the strongest predictor of coronary
heart disease and the easiest to change for the better. Later
they reported that blood levels could be decreased to normal
with several common B-vitamins.
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And now comes additional important news: elevated
levels may double the risk of Alzheimer's, the dread
disease that's afflicted ex-President Ronald Reagan and famed
actor Charlton Heston. Scientists at Boston University report
some of the most powerful evidence yet of an association between
homocysteine and significant memory loss at some later
date – best described as an eight year predictor of AD. We
learned long ago it's no public service to alert people to a
problem without offering a solution. So, as specialists in
physician recommended therapeutic nutritionals, we went right to
work to develop a high quality product designed to bring relief
from dangerously elevated
levels. What's more, we've
managed to arrange a special low price for our customers.
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