There are many factors that should concerned you about your cardiovascular health, and elevated homocysteine levels should be one of them.
Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid that can irritate the lining of your blood vessels, as well as prevent them from expanding. This irritation of the blood vessels as well as not expanding, can decrease blood flow. And at critical times of stress with this decreased blood flow, can dramatically increase your risk of cardiovascular problems.
When to much of this amino acid builds up in your blood, it’s a sign that your body’s antioxidant system is failing.
An elevated concentration of homocysteine is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes.
High levels are also believed to increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis.
An elevated concentration of homocysteine is also associated with low levels of vitamins B-2, B-6, B-12, and folate, as well as renal disease.