High homocysteine levels are a major indicator for many illnesses including heart attacks and Alzheimer’s disease.
The test costs £135.
- What is Homocysteine?
- What does Homocysteine do to my body?
- Could I be at risk?
- How do I find out if my levels are high?
- How to take a Homocysteine Test.
NB: Tests are available in UK only.
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:
- Advancing age
- A deficiency of some B vitamins – in particular B6, B9 (folate) and B12
- Oestrogen deficiency
- Certain drugs (such as methotrexate, corticosteroids and fibrates)
- Strict vegetarianism or veganism
- A genetic predisposal
- Over consumption of alcohol
- Low physical activity
- Excessive intake of caffeine containing beverages such as coffee and cola drinks
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:
- Some types of arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Parkinson’s disease
- Some cancers and leukaemia
- Clinical depression
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
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.
High risk groups include people of all ages, with a poor diet, who exercise little, are over-weight, have diabetes, are smokers or drink too much alcohol or caffeine drinks.
However, even those with active, healthy 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 your 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.