- Do you have a high homocysteine level?
- Are you prone to depression?
- Is your decision-making capacity not what it used to be?
- Do you have a history or family history of Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, high blood pressure, heart disease, glaucoma, colon cancer, leukemia, artery blockages, or spina bifida?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a genetic variant called a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). The most common SNP variant is the MTHFR (methyl tetra hydro folate reductase) gene on chromosome 1 location p36.3. This is a typo in your DNA and prevents you from activating your B vitamin folate to 5 MTHF. This activated 5 MTHF lowers homocysteine levels.
Homocysteine is toxic to your artery walls and has been implicated in the development of:
· Heart disease,
- High blood pressure
- Colon cancer
- Spina bifida
5 MTHF converts homocysteine to methionine. Methionine is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of many amino acids and phospholipids that play an important role in brain, artery and overall health. Improper conversion of methionine can lead to atherosclerosis.
If your physical doesn’t include a homocysteine level and an interpretation of what is optimal, you may be vulnerable to developing these illnesses. It’s important to distinguish a genetic variant from a folate or B12 deficiency and to look at the whole picture. You can also get a blood test to determine if you have a genetic variant as opposed to a nutritional deficiency. An anti aging, functional medicine physician can help you sort this out.
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