Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism that, when present in high concentrations, has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Have your vitamin B
Vitamin B is very good to douse your homocysteine levels. Taking those three vitamins is the first step. You need to take at least 200 mg of folic acid daily to reduce homocysteine levels. To be absolutely sure that you are getting sufficient B-vitamins, take 2 mg of B-6 and 6 mg of B-12 as well. You will find these amounts in a typical B-vitamin Supplement. For most people, consuming at least 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily should be sufficient to normalize homocysteine concentration.
Eat your fruits
Fruit servings are ideal for homocysteine. One serving is equal to half a cup of cooked vegetable or one cup of raw vegetable. One fruit serving is equal to one small apple, banana or orange or one cup of papaya or watermelon cubes or any large fruit. Whole pulses are also a rich source of folic acid. Fruits, vegetables, and whole pulses also tend to be high in other nutrients and soluble fiber and provide additional benefit over supplements. However, if your serum folate levels are very low and homocysteine levels very high it is wise to take both- fruits, vegetables and the B-vitamin supplements to completely eliminate the risk factor of an elevated homocysteine level.
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