You may not know it, but by doing a simple test for this one amino acid you can predict your risk of heart disease.
What is homocysteine? Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid found in your blood plasma. Men with elevated levels of homocysteine are four times as likely to die of a heart attack.
The higher the amount of Homocysteine found in your blood, the greater the chance that if you suffer from a heart attack it will be fatal.
Doctors are now seeing a direct link between high Homocysteine levels and heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, hypothyroidism, Lupus, gout, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and even depression.
After you’ve been tested, if your Homocysteine levels are greater than 7, there’s good news – you can improve and lower your Homocysteine levels through diet…naturally.
Superfoods abundant in B Vitamins (especially Vitamin B9/Folic Acid) will make all the difference.
Studies have found that you can reduce your heart attack risk by as much as 12% simply by increasing your dietary intake of this essential nutrient.
You get the most concentrations of B Vitamins in citrus, fresh dairy and meat, broccoli, leafy vegetables, beans, bananas, berries, whole grains, brewer’s yeast, artichokes, and asparagus.
Superfoodify Your Diet With Vitamin B Rich Superfoods
We love to superfoodify our diets with these vitamin B rich superfoods:
Kale: aka the “queen of greens”, this superstar leafy green veggie can provide you all of your daily needs of folic acid and more protein than beef with just one large plate of this delicious green.
Bee pollen: known as a “total food”, bee pollen has all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are required to sustain life. It’s one of the few non-meat sources of vitamin B12 and can be used to overcome fatigue, fight depression, cancer, and colon disorders.
Goldenberry: rich in complex B vitamins, it has been shown to help the body burn fat and glucose off for energy… these delicious, sweet berries are mostly sold “dehydrated” and resembles a raisin in texture and shape.
Lucuma: comes from a fruit of a tree from South America and known to be eaten by the Incas. Lucuma has a sweet, maple flavor and often used as a sweetener in desserts. It contains carotene, iron and niacin (vitamin B3). You can mix lucuma powder to make tasty smoothies and desserts!
Macadamia nuts: not only do these nuts contain the highest amount of beneficial monounsaturated fats of any known nut, this simple snack is packed with Vitamin B-1, B-5,B-6 & B-12 and Thiamin which is necessary for converting carbohydrates into energy and for maintaining your nervous system.
Chlorella: fresh water algae thaT contains crucial B vitamins and magnesium which is an important element for maintaining proper heart function.
Men and women need folic acid to continue producing red blood cells and fight anemia. Folic Acid/Vitamin B9 is crucial to cell growth and regeneration. Folic acid has also been shown to aid in athletic performance.
An increasing amount of studies are being done on the benefits of antioxidants and their effects on reversing heart disease.
By incorporating B Vitamin-abundant superfoods to your diet and adding daily exercise you’ll keep your heart strong while the scientists continue to unravel the secrets of antioxidants.