Homocysteine Levels Test

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The Homocysteine Levels Test

Have you checked your Homocysteine Levels?  Your life may depend on it, 1 out of every 2 people have high homocysteine levels!

Homocystenine is the chemical that is released into the body as a result from a process called methylation, it’s a normal process as long as the homocystenine your body produces is broken down into other useful, health giving chemicals.

When homocysteine becomes elevated this is a warning sign that can result in any of the following:

  • Alzheimers disease
  • Cardiovascular disease mortality
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Death

Knowing your homocysteine  levels can mean the difference between life and death literally.  It’s also important to understand that by simply keeping your homocysteine in check you can dramatically decrease your risk of many of the above health problems by as much as 50%.

About The Homocysteine Levels Test

After you purchase the homocysteine levels test, you will receive a simple blood test kit in the mail.  The test kit comes with:

  • An authorized blood specimen order form that you take to your local accredited pathology for collection of your blood (Find a pathology near you here).
  • A blood specimen test kit for the pathology to use to collect your blood sample
  • Complete instructions for taking the test for you and the pathology

Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 7 business days for evaluation.  Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail or phone.

What Causes High or Elevated Homocysteine?

Homocysteine in the body is produced from processing methionine a natural amino acid, from here normally homocysteine is broken down in two healthy beneficial chemicals called SAMe and glutathione which solves the problem of having high or elevated homocysteine.

Several factors can cause elevated homocysteine, these include:

  • Poor diet
  • Nutritional problems
  • Stress
  • Genetic inheritance. e.g. Family history of any of the above diseases
  • Folate deficiency
  • Male sex (increased risk)
  • Oestrogen deficiency
  • Excessive alcohol, coffee or tea intake
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Hostility and repressed anger
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, Chron’s disease)
  • Pregnancy
  • Being vegetarian or vegan
  • High salt intake
  • Hat fat diet with excessive red meat, high fat dairy intake

How Homocysteine Works

In the below diagram you can see the processes that break down homocysteine into SAMe and glutathione, any problems with either pathway leads to elevated or high levels of homocysteine…

 

Homocysteine pathway

Have any questions about this test?  Ask one of our qualified health practitioners here.