Just got my test results back after 6 weeks on Vit B2, B6, B12 and Folate supplementation. Previously it had come in at around 22 which was alarming given that below 10 is advised and below 6.5 is deemed optimal. Pleased to find that it has come down to 7.8 which I have to admit quite surprised me. I was hoping for some modest progress, maybe the low teens but it appears to have tumbled down to a respectable 7.8. If it really is that easy to control and is a real possible culprit for heart disease as one Indian study suggested then it is not too difficult to see why the medical, sorry drug industry does not encourage monitoring of this number. I asked for a test at my GP, he said ‘we don’t do it’. When I asked where I can get it he did not know….Mmmm
Link here on the details of Homocysteine http://www.medicinenet.com/homocysteine/article.htm
There is some debate about whether raised Homocysteine levels actually cause heart disease or whether they may be raised because of problematic kidney function which in turns causes heart disease. If its the latter then improving kidney function and hence lowering Homocysteine would be a better solution. A couple of studies have suggested that lowering Homcysteine via Vit B’s and Folate did not improve future cardiac events in a trial population. With this in mind I am going to spend the next month or so off the Vit B supp’s but make a daily effort to drink more water, something I probably do not do enough of. Hopefully this flushing out of the kidneys on a daily basis will keep Homocysteine levels down. I will re test in a few weeks and report on my updated numbers.
Also keep a check on your coffee consumption if your Homocysteine number is high, see the following PubMed article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12450889
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I have lifted the following from the excellent Dr Mercola site, they are a succinct reminder of what we should focus on when getting the basic blood test available here in the UK. Make sure you at least know these numbers for your own tests.
I’ve long stated that the odds are very high — greater than 100 to 1 — that if you’re taking a statin, you may not even need it, as cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease. To further reinforce the importance of cholesterol, I want to remind you of the work of Dr. Stephanie Seneff, who works with the Weston A. Price Foundation.
One of her theories is that cholesterol combines with sulfur to form cholesterol sulfate, and that this cholesterol sulfate helps thin your blood by serving as a reservoir for the electron donations you receive when walking barefoot on the Earth (also called grounding). She believes that, via this blood-thinning mechanism, cholesterol sulfate may provide natural protection against heart disease.
In fact, she goes so far as to hypothesize that heart disease is likely the result of cholesterol deficiency — which of course is the complete opposite of the conventional view. So if your physician is urging you to check your total cholesterol, know that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart disease, unless it is 330 or higher. HDL percentage is a far more potent indicator for heart disease risk. Here are the two ratios you should pay attention to:
- HDL/Total Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be above 24 percent. If below 10 percent, you have a significantly elevated risk for heart disease.
- Triglyceride/HDL Ratio: Should be below 2.
Additional risk factors for heart disease include:
- Your fasting insulin level: Any meal or snack high in carbohydrates like fructose and refined grains generates a rapid rise in blood glucose and then insulin to compensate for the rise in blood sugar. The insulin released from eating too many carbs promotes fat production and makes it more difficult for your body to shed excess weight, and excess fat, particularly around your belly, is one of the major contributors to heart disease
- Your fasting blood sugar level: Studies have shown that people with a fasting blood sugar level of 100-125 mg/dl had a nearly 300 percent increase higher risk of having coronary heart disease than people with a level below 79 mg/dl
- Your iron level: Iron can be a very potent oxidative stress, so if you have excess iron levels you can damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of heart disease. Ideally, you should monitor your ferritin levels and make sure they are not much above 80 ng/ml. The simplest way to lower them if they are elevated is to donate your blood. If that is not possible you can have a therapeutic phlebotomy and that will effectively eliminate the excess iron from your body
I blogged recently how I was chuffed to bits that via supplementation I had increase my Vitamin D3 levels to over 100 when they were previously sub optimum at below 80. I have recently discovered that this may not be giving me the cellular protection that I had hoped for. Natures way of producing Vitamin D3 is a sulphated version and is far superior in that it does the job you want it to do namely protect against cardio disease. Dr Stephanie Sennef is a senior research scientist at MIT in Biological slants to Computer Science. I am always interested in what she has to say as she is speaking from a very personal vested interest. Her husband was diagnosed with heart disease and she made it her business to turn her impressive intellect to finding out why. God don’t you just wish she was your GP instead of the big Pharma victim you are perhaps currently nodding your head to. Dr Sennef is confident that heart disease is a lack of cholesterol sulphate and the cardio system when faced with this deficit stores cholesterol in the form of arterial plaque to compensate. A lack of sulphate also causes the body to raid it from other bodily sources which in turn reaks havoc in the form of various diseases.There is a detailed explanation here
Also check out the interviews with Dr Sennef by Dr Mercola they are well worth listening to.
Bottom line, Get more un sun screened sun exposure and consume more sulphate from sulphate rich foods. Also cut back on Vit D3 supplements if you can hit targets via sunlight as artificially boosted Vit D3 levels can trick your body into thinking it does not need any more which would be a mistake as the supplemented form cannot be sulphated by your body. Its not surprising reading all this that the overpowering evidence shows that sun baring populations have far less heart disease than us deprived northern hemisphere residents
- Meat, fish and chicken
- Organic pastured eggs
- Coconut oil and olive oil
- Garlic and onion
- Brussel sprouts
Looking for a natural alternative to Aspirin led me some 18 months ago to Nattokinase but like one or two other supps eg Co Q10 I found that my stomach did not get on too well with this Japanese fermented soya bean product. In the meantime I had settled down with Fruitflow as an alternative that I could stomach but I was keen to retry Nattokinase as I was impressed by the Science behind it. Moving on 12 months plus to a couple of months ago I retried Nattokinase and with a sufficient break from the traditional medications now in place I found that I had no adverse reaction to it. I now take a Nattokinase supplement in the evening and one rather than three Fruitflow tabs in the morning. So far all seems fine with this arrangement and certainly have had no stomach problems with it.
There is some useful information on Nattokinase here http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/nattokinase-powerful-enzyme-prevents-heart-attack-and-stroke