LOWERING HOMOCYSTEINE LEVELS
To lower levels of homocysteine naturally, eat foods that are high in folic acid, such as fruits and vegetables. Spinach, asparagus and collard greens are some of the best sources of folic acid.
Increase your intake of vitamins B12 and B6. Vitamins B12 and B6 work in conjunction with folic acid to regulate your homocysteine levels. Vitamins B12 and B6 can be found in meats and dairy products, sucha as eggs, fish, chicken, beef and pork. You may need to take a supplement if you have a sever deficiency of these vitamins. If you have a condition such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome or pernicious anemia that cause a deficiency of these vitamins, you should get Vitamin B12 injections.
Correcting harmful habits can also lower homocysteine levels. Smoking raises the homocysteine levels in your body by contributing to B12 deficiency, while alcohol raises homocysteine levels by causing a deficiency of folic acid. Avoiding coffee can also help lower homocysteine levels.
Dr. Olaf, ND
Kingston Wellness Clinic