The H Factor

Are you at risk of Alzheimer's, stroke, infertility or heart disease?

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid produced as part of the body’s methylation process. The level of homocysteine in the plasma is increasingly being recognised as a risk factor for disease and seen as a predictor of potential health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia and infertility.

A constantly increasing number of studies have been published that show homocysteine to be a predictor of potential health problems. A study published in the British Medical Journal showed clearly homocysteine level in blood plasma predicts risk of death from cardiovascular disease in older people even better than any conventional measure of risk including cholesterol, blood pressure or smoking.

Raised levels of homocysteine are also linked to Alzheimer’s, dementia, declining memory, poor concentration and judgment and lowered mood. Women with high homocysteine levels find it harder to conceive and are at risk from repeated early miscarriage. High homocysteine has also been linked to migraines, and those with conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis are at increased risk of raised homocysteine levels. Homocysteine has therefore been shown to play a crucial role as a key marker for disease development determining longevity and health throughout a person’s life.”

Dr Gillian Hart BSc (Hons), PhD, Cert Mgmt (Open), MIBMS

The complex metabolism of homocysteine within the body is highly dependent on vitamin derived cofactors, and deficiencies in vitamin B12, folic acid and vitamin B6 are associated with raised homocysteine levels. Other factors thought to raise levels are poor diet, poor lifestyle - especially smoking and high coffee and alcohol intake, some prescription drugs (such as proton pump inhibitors), diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and poor thyroid function.

The good news is that homocysteine levels can be tested and high homocysteine levels can, in many cases, be normalised through diet and vitamin supplementation. The most important nutrients that help lower homocysteine levels are folate, the vitamins B12, B6 and B2, zinc and trimethylglycine (TMG).

Discover your homocysteine levels and make improvements to your wellbeing with our simple test which involves taking a finger prick of blood and sending to the lab for analysis. Results are returned promptly, enabling the commencement of the diet and supplement protocol to correct levels. The cost of the test is £149. Contact us to book your test and begin reducing your risks.