(written by Tessa Jupp - from the book "The H Factor")
"Homocysteine reflects the health of your genes." say Patrick Holford and Dr James Braly MD in their 2003 publication "The H Factor". "Your H score is more important than your weight, your blood pressure or your cholesterol level. It is your most vital, preventable and reversible health statistic." and "Your Homocysteine level is a more accurate predictor than cholesterol of our risk of heart attack or stroke."
So why aren't doctors looking at it? They can. And YOU can ask your GP to do the blood test - a fasting plasma homocysteine. The Labs will give "normal levels" as 6.5 - 11.9mmol/L or even higher but Halford recommends a level below 6.
Clinipath results here in WA come back with a notation for the doctor that says - "Elevated Homocysteine levels are associated with increased independent risk of cardiovascular disease. A 5 mmol/L rise in HoCy correlates to a 0.5mmol/L increase in Cholesterol. Elevations are also found in anaemia, genetic homocystinuria, renal disease, deficiencies of B group vitamins B12, Folate, Pyridoxine (ie B6) and some drug therapies."
Royal Perth Hospital began a study about 4-5 years
ago on the effectiveness of using B12, B6 and folic acid to lower homocysteine
levels. This was replicating previous similar studies already undertaken
in other parts of the world. I'm not sure what stage this present
study at Royal Perth Hospital has reached but we don't need to wait.
|The new book by Holford, brings in some more
essential nutrients that are needed for these same chemical pathways to
occur. We, the public, have not been told of these additional essential
co-factors - namely B2, zinc, magnesium and choline (or TMG).
HOMOCYSTEINE is a naturally occurring by-product of methionine metabolism in the body. Methionine is an amino acid, ie part of food proteins and is found primarily in meats, eggs, dairy products, fish, chicken, seeds, nuts and some vegetables. Homocysteine pathways normally pave the way to body production of other essentials including glutathione a powerful detoxifier in the body on the one hand and brain chemicals serotonin (the happy hormone), melatonin (sleep and mood improving hormone), dopamine (euphoria hormone) and adrenaline (the fight and flight hormone).
According to Holford, the reason Homocysteine accumulates in the body causing cell damage and the onset of major disease, is because the biochemical transformation process is not working properly, usually due to lack of these needed vitamins and minerals for the given Homocysteine pathways.
In this diagram, protein foods like meats in the diet breakdown to methionine then to homocysteine. Normally it then goes on to fulfil various important pathways to provide essential hormones etc. (SAMe is a metabolic precursor to the essential brain hormones.) If we are short on the needed vitamins and minerals for these pathsways we end up with dangerous excess homocysteine levels and ill health.
So as you can see we do need homocysteine to get the end-result good things like serotonin, adrenaline, melatonin and dopamine and to detoxify in the liver but unless the other vitamin and mineral co-factors are present we end up building dangerous and damaging levels of homocysteine in the body. But we can fix this - take the appropriate supplements, have your GP test your H levels and get them down to 6.
|So how would you rate the state
of your health?
What is your Score??
HOMOCYSTEINE CHECK LIST
Homocysteine levels are 40 times more predictive of heart attack than Cholesterol levels!!
|Indicators for Homocysteine
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