Homocysteine the dietary Frankenstein

In my Previous post I highlighted a compound in Muscle Milk called GCC or glycocyamine, and the horrible effects it can have on you.  Going deeper, the real problem is that glycocyamine increases the levels of Homocysteine in your body, and that is all kinds of bad.

Click here for a list of the effects.

In short they are:  Cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, decreased concentration, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and more.

And it isn’t just GCC and Muscle Milk that are the culprits for bringing this amino into your body.   Truth is it can arise from a number of sources, like low levels of thyroid hormone, kidney disease, psoriasis, or some medicines.  But, the main reason is diet … or rather a bad diet low in Folic Acid, Vit. B6 and Vit. B12.

Normally homocysteine is transformed into other amino acids that your body then can use.  But if you don’t have enough B vitamins to help this process take place, then your homocysteine levels can get out of whack.

Luckily, there are some preventative measures.

From mid-1998, the USA and Canada have been adding folic acid to basic foods including flour. The result: 31,000 less deaths due to strokes per year and 12,800 less due to heart attacks. – (www.homocysteine.net)

 Many natural foods are high in folic acid and B vitamins, including:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, savoy cabbage, curly kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and asparagus.
  • Citrus fruits particularly oranges and grapefruits
  • Pulses such as black-eyed beans and chickpeas
  • Wholegrain cereals

Eat them, and supplement with a B complex containing a good 400mcg (micrograms) of Folic Acid.  It could save your life.

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