There is a substance in your blood that most people have never heard of, yet can increase the risk for over fifty diseases. It’s called homocysteine and getting your levels of this substance under control is one of the greatest things you can do for your health.
Nutrition expert Patrick Holford indicates in his book, The New Optimum Nutrition Bible that not only does homocysteine damage arteries, the brain, and genetic material (DNA), it can increase the risk for over fifty diseases, including: Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart attack, and stroke and rheumatoid arthritis.
Homocysteine is a type of protein that is produced by the body and found in the blood. It is ideally found in low levels. Produced from an amino acid called methionine which is found in protein foods in the diet, the body normally turns homocysteine into beneficial substances including: glutathione or S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe).
Too much homocysteine can build up in the blood increasing the formation of plaque on blood vessel walls and clogging and hardening of the arteries–atherosclerosis.
Keep reading to discover the risk factors for high homocysteine levels and how to reduce yours…