High homocysteine levels are a major indicator for many illnesses including heart attacks and Alzheimer’s disease.
The test costs £105.
NB: Tests are available in UK only.
What is Homocysteine?
Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid which in excess can contribute to a variety of health problems.
Usually the body breaks down homocysteine into a harmless substance called cystathionine which is then excreted out of the body.
However many factors can contribute to impairing this conversion:
It can thicken and damage the walls of the arteries. This increases the risk of abnormal blood clotting which can lead to coronary disease, strokes and thrombosis.
It is thought to be more predictive than cholesterol in assessing cardiovascular disease risk. Apparently 70% of people who develop heart disease have normal levels of cholesterol.
It does not just cause artery damage. A high accumulation reduces the body’s effectiveness in producing vital chemicals that reduce your risk of developing a variety of diseases such as:
High levels have also been linked with recurrent miscarriages, premature births and small birth weight and birth defects including cleft palate, club foot, spina bifida and Down’s syndrome.
Additionally, high homocysteine has been found in some children and adults with autism.
However, even those with active, health lifestyles may be at risk if there is a family history of cardiovascular or one of the other diseases mentioned above. Levels can also increase with age, oestrogen deficiency and some medications.
Strict vegan or vegetarian diets and stress can also contribute to high homocysteine levels.
Using a kit which I send you, you do a simple pin-prick test in the comfort of your home. The test kit is then sent off in the postal envelope provided for analysis by a highly reputable laboratory which guarantees accurate and reproducible results.
The results will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks after you have sent the test to the laboratory. If positive, I will also send you details of a recommended supplement that I use extensively in my clinical practice to help lower levels of homocysteine. If elevated, I recommend you take the supplement for three months and get level retested..
Positive changes in homocysteine level may be achieved within three months, using the right nutrients to help the breakdown of the homocysteine. This may be more challenging if you are on certain prescriptive medications.
To take a Homocysteine Test just order your simple pin-prick home testing kit.
The test costs £135.
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