What is Homocysteine?
Homocysteine is a sulphur-containing amino acid produced in the body
during the metabolism of the essential amino acid, methionine, involving
a series of conversions that require enzymes. Homocysteine is a natural
substance made by the body, not to be feared, but to be appreciated and
controlled. Homocysteine functions at a metabolic crossroad that can
affect all the methyl and sulfur group metabolism of key enzymes,
hormones, and vital nutrients.
Many important nutrients, especially B vitamins, are needed for these
enzymes. The homocysteine pathway that begins with methionine is a
multi-faceted, complicated pathway that results in the production of
very important amino acids and necessary neurotransmitters, including
the sulfur containing amino acids taurine and cysteine and the
catecholamines epinephrine and norepinephrine.
The Problem with Too Much Homocysteine
Excess homocysteine in the circulation can damage the lining of arterial
walls so they become narrow and inelastic. Research suggests that a
raised homocysteine level is an independent risk factor for hardening of
the arteries, coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular
disease and other conditions associated with abnormal blood clotting.
Elevated homocysteine is also linked with a number of other serious
medical conditions, including osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease,
multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, spontaneous abortion,
placental abruption, renal failure, osteoporosis, and type II diabetes.
When homocysteine is elevated it reduces nitric oxide (NO) production
via increasing levels of ADMA which can increase risk of hypertension
and erectile dysfunction.
Synergistic nutrients, found in Homocysteine Supreme, facilitate the
efficient metabolism of homocysteine, preventing toxic levels of
homocysteine from accumulating. This makes it possible for a functioning
pathway to provide necessary methyl groups and sulfur groups for a
myriad of biochemical reactions, especially those needed for
detoxification, joint and cartilage repair, and brain health.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.