Friday, December 24, 2010

Elevated Homocysteine Leads to Vascular Damage

If unhealthy levels of homocysteine accumulate in the blood, the delicate lining of an artery (endothelium) can be damaged. Homocysteine can both initiate and potentiate atherosclerosis. For example, homocysteine-induced injury to the arterial wall is one of the factors that can initiate the process of atherosclerosis, leading to endothelial dysfunction and eventually to heart attacks and strokes (Gallai 2001, Papatheodorou 2007). Several studies have shown that homocysteine can inflict damage to the arterial wall via multiple destructive molecular mechanisms (Zeng 2003, Hofmann 2001, Osanai 2010).

You can measure your homocysteine levels with a simple blood test. And you can lower homocysteine naturally, without drugs. Here’s what you should take to keep it in check... you can find these nutrients at most health food stores. (Amounts are daily)
  • Vitamin B12 – 500 mcg
  • Folic Acid – 800 mcg
  • Vitamin B6 – 25 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2) – 25 mg
  • TMG (trimethylglycine) – 500 mg

The reason I brought this topic up is because today on the news they said there was a new drug that can turn back the clock.  There were a few interviews and the older women stated they felt better and saw drastic changes using this new drug.  The new drug is called:  TA65 from TA Sciences.  The news also said a bottle cost $600.  Ok, not everyone has 600 dollars. 

Is the secret to the fountain of youth and turning back the hands of time actually lowering your homocysteine levels?

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