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Not many people would have even heard of homocysteine because it is not something you get from what you eat or do but is an amino acid that’s produced by your own body. It is a specific type of amino acid that’s created in the body during metabolic processes as a byproduct of methylation, the process of producing an essential protein called methionine.
Under normal conditions, homocysteine is transformed into a benign product but when it isn’t properly metabolized homocysteine builds up inside the body acting as a toxin. It causes inflammation to rise and creates more byproducts that cause changes in cardiovascular, neurological, and endocrine systems.
Symptoms of High Homocysteine
- Increases the risk of heart problems such as coronary artery disease, heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.
- Causes skeletal and developmental abnormalities in children
- Patients look very tall and thin; may develop long, thin, toes and fingers
- Greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive problems
- High homocysteine due to nutritional deficiencies can lead to anemia, aches, and
pains, slowed development, and birth defects
- Behavioral problems, including ADHD, autism and other learning disabilities
- Migraines and headaches
- Mental abnormalities like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder
Natural Treatments For High Homocysteine Levels
1. Get Plenty of Antioxidants
To get your daily dose of antioxidants, have citrus fruits rich in vitamin C, leafy greens, brightly colored vegetables for carotenoids, and different types of berries. If you’re not much of a vegetable eater, blend the veggies into a smoothie and gulp it down for a power drink.
2. Get Enough Folate
You may not realize it but your diet could be deficient in folate. While some people prefer taking folic acid supplements, it’s better to have foods that contain natural folate because folic acid supplements do not get metabolized easily. They include beans, legumes, broccoli, spinach and leafy greens, organ meats like liver, ancient grains, poultry, and avocado.
3. Have Less Alcohol and Caffeine
It’s hard to give up coffee but you can control the amount of coffee your drink. Caffeine is tied to higher homocysteine, so the less you have it, the better. When it comes to alcohol, have about one to two drinks per day or less.
4. Eat Mostly Organic, Unprocessed Foods
Apart from causing inflammation high homocysteine levels also make it more difficult for your body to get rid of toxins. The buildup of chemicals, heavy metals and toxins could lead to several diseases and chronic conditions. So cut down on processed food that invariably contains synthetic chemical ingredients. Have more natural and whole foods.
5. Avoid Inflammatory Foods
Your body is already dealing with inflammation caused by the homocysteine and having foods that are inflammatory will only add to your woes. Avoid foods like gluten, added sugar, preservatives, synthetic chemicals,
processed meats, conventional dairy, refined vegetable oils, trans fats and processed grains.
6. Consume More Fiber
Dietary fiber is essential for protecting your arteries and heart. It also makes sure your digestive process is smooth and keeps your body from overheating. Having high-fiber foods is a great way to make sure your cholesterol is low and heart is healthy.
7. Include Probiotic Foods In Your Diet
Since homocysteine production is linked directed to metabolic processes, you should work towards making your gut as healthy as possible. Probiotic foods are rich in “good bacteria” that help control leaky gut syndrome and inflammation.
8. Exercise Regularly
It does not matter what age you are, make it a point to exercise regularly. It helps reduce problems caused by high homocysteine by improving immune function, hormonal balance,
stress levels, sleep quality, body weight control and inflammation. Do exercises that you enjoy so that you stick to it.