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Low Homocysteine Levels Making You Sick?

Your homocysteine levels is a great measure of one of your most important health statistics and as a general rule most people think that the lower it is the better their health must be, but this thinking is enough to make you sick, literally.

Having a low homocysteine score is important because it can tell you a lot about your health and well-being but there is a line when it comes to going to far and when that happens you and your health can end up in all or sorts of trouble.

Rule number 1 (The importance of having low homocysteine):

It’s important to maintain a low homocysteine score to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by 75 percent, reduce your risk of cancer by 1 third, halve your risk of Alzheimers disease, substantially lower your risk of developing diabetes and overall halve your risk of death from all health causes!

Rule number 2 (The importance of keeping a good balance of low homocysteine):

It’s important to maintain a homocysteine score that’s not too low to prevent methylation problems which can dramatically reduce your ability to produce SAMe and Glutathionine, two of the body’s highly important factors in maintaining excellent health.

The numbers( What should my homocysteine levels look like?):

So when it comes to homocysteine levels where should the numbers be?

In an ideal world a homocysteine score of around 7.5 is best.  A low homocysteine score would be anything under 6.  And you might start to wonder if there is a problem when your homocysteine gets above 10 which is considered “high risk”.

What about MTHFR gene mutations and low homocysteine?

The problem with having an MTHFR gene mutation is that you have a % reduced ability to make active folate, this problem can be complex and often plays out differently for each individual.  Some people with MTHFR gene mutations have problems with elevated homocysteine because they cant get enough folate to help break down their homocysteine, while other people over time have developed the loss of proper functioning of making enough homocysteine, when this happens methylation slows down which can lead to the loss of many biological functions that leads to often serious health problems.

Low homocysteine symptoms are often energy related with people suffering from fatigue, becoming toxic, aging more rapidly and developing poor health that results in disease.

How does low homocysteine make you sick?

There are many ways that low homocysteine can make you sick, lets look at the main key problems:

Under-methylation – This is a condition in which you lack the right amount of methylation, click here to learn more about under-methylation.

Low Glutathione production – This is a condition were your body is not getting enough of the resources that it needs to produce a powerful antioxidant chemical called glutathione.  Glutathione is your body’s major antioxidant so it is responsible for disarming free radicals that basically damage your DNA.  Without enough glutathione your body won’t be able to keep up with free radicals.  This prevents the body from being able to properly detoxify everything from medical drugs, toxic metals, petrochemicals, alcohol and because glutathione can also covert to the amino acid cysteine, having low glutatione can also effect the proper detoxification of many hormones many of which can lead to cancers.  The end result of all of this is of course rapid aging, poor energy & poor health.

Low SAMe (s-adenosyl methionine) production – SAMe is considered the bodies best methyl group carrier, this means it “donates” itself to many uses in keeping the body healthy and even you happy.  A lack of SAMe production basically mean there isn’t going to be enough “donors” to make methylation work properly.

Gene Mutations – Many people have genetic mutations that work within the homocysteine cycle,  MTHFR gene mutations are only 1 of many, these gene mutations can affect any or all aspects of the above which can ultimately cause low homocysteine levels.

Nutritional problems – Often when people first become unwell it can be easily overlooked that the underlying problem of having a low homocysteine level can be a nutritional imbalance.  Digestive health problems can be a vicious cycle, this is because a lack of good nutrition can cause nutritional/digestive imbalances and this leads to an inability to properly digest foods, supplements etc, this then leaves you without the ability to properly digest the very things you need to be able to get well.  Many genetic mutations also interfere with our nutritional needs that lead to poor health from low homocysteine levels.

What to do to solve low homocysteine related health problems

Correcting a low homocysteine health problem can be complex depending on your overall health and history of health problems.  Homocysteine is a very valuable and important substance that is essential to good health but only in the right amount, many supporting co-factors are also involved in maintaining healthy homocysteine levels, that’s why it is essential that you get some qualified help to correct any imbalances in your homocysteine because in most causes no matter if your homocysteine is too high or too low it can be corrected within 3 weeks with the right guidance.

Did you have any questions about low homocysteine levels?  Please click here to contact us for more information and help with your homocysteine.

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