High Homocysteine- What You Can Do
Homocysteine is an amino acid. These are chemicals in the blood that help create protein. If you have high homocysteine, it means that you may have a vitamin deficiency. According to Cleveland Clinic, it may increase your risks for dementia, heart disease, and even stroke if not treated.
There can be many reasons for high homocysteine levels. In most people it can mean that they have a folate or Vitamin-B deficiency. Some other risk factors may include:
- Kidney Disease
- Certain medication
- Low Thyroid Hormone Levels
The difficult part is recognizing the symptoms that come with it. Homocysteine doesn’t typically show any symptoms in adults but may show in children. Many times, the symptoms being felt are from a vitamin deficiency. You should check in with your doctor and take a test to determine the right cause.
When lowering your homocysteine, it’s important to listen to what your doctor recommends. However, there are some lifestyle changes you can discuss to see if it may work for you:
- Healthy Diet- one of the ways to prevent high homocysteine may be to make sure your diet contains adequate amounts of folate, Vitamin-B12, and Vitamin-B6.
- Exercise- Making sure you’re exercising regularly and may be able to help lower your homocysteine levels over time.
- Alcohol- daily consumption of alcohol may increase homocysteine levels. It’s important to avoid heavy drinking constantly.
- Supplementation- some supplements have been found to help homocysteine levels in the body.
While research on supplements may be scarce, there are some studies that have shown using the right types of nutrients may help lower homocysteine. With IV therapy, you are able to get the nutrients your body needs directly into the veins. This way your body will fully absorb them in a matter of minutes.
- Choline- This is a molecule that is recognized for its properties of boosting cognition. However, it must be consumed in the daily diet because the body cannot synthesize enough to support our health.
- B-Vitamins- They promote energy, decrease sugar cravings, insomnia, nightmares, and help to regulate mood, all while making sure you stay focused and alert.
- Folate- Required for DNA synthesis and formation of new cells. It may also support the growth and repair of tissues in the body, including bone.
- Vitamin B6- Helps convert food into usable energy. A deficiency may increase genomic instability and chromosome breakage, which can contribute to cancer development.
- Vitamin B2- Assists several metabolic and antioxidant enzymes. It helps convert food into useable energy. Poor riboflavin status can affect folate metabolism and may increase the risk of cancer.
- Vitamin B12- Also helps convert food into usable energy, produce red blood cells, and is also required for proper nerve function.
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Cleveland Clinic Medical Professional. (2021, May 7). Homocysteine. Retrieved from Cleveland Clinic: www.my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/21527-homocysteine