Research has revealed that elevated homocysteine levels can disrupt delicate arterial linings, increase inflammation and oxidative stress (damage to DNA), decrease blood flow to the heart and brain and set the stage for atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and dementia.
n fact, recent studies show that high homocysteine levels is a major factor in triggering heart attacks. Researchers report that blood levels of homocysteine can accurately predict your risk of cardiovascular disease. So why then are doctors' not ordering this one specific blood test? It can't be because of the whooping $28.01 cost (at least I should hope not). Perhaps your doctor still believes that cholesterol is the best predictor of cardiovascular disease.
Whatever the reason for not ordering the test, let’s take a closer look at how you can lower your homocysteine levels, thereby helping to lower your risk of coronary events, stroke and dementia.
- Raise your vitamin B-12 status - In addition to helping to make new cells, fighting free radicals, regulating nervous and digestive function, providing energy, fighting infection, producing hormones and maintaing DNA - B complex vitamins like folate and vitamin B-12 are vital to the bodies natural ability to lower homocysteine.
At Stanly Wellness Center, we are eager and ready to help you and your families achieve the best health possible. If you are looking for help with your health or you know of someone who is suffering with poor health, call the office of Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600 and schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Dr. Patrick Ess to see how he can help. We specialize in nutrition, detoxification and neurological correction. You can also refer to our website at www.AskDrPatrick.com for more information.