homocysteine levels

  1. Stop dementia before it starts

    B12 drops Alzheimer's risk

    Save your brain: Grill a steak.

    Yet another study has found that vitamin B12 can lower your Alzheimer's risk -- and since you can't get this key nutrient from bunny chow, find yourself a good butcher now.

    He can do more for your health than most doctors ever will!

    Swedish researchers tracked 271 Finnish patients between the ages of 65 and 71 who didn't have any sign of Alzheimer's disease at the start of the study.

    Over seven years, 17 of them came down with the condition -- and the researchers found that those with the lowest levels of B12 had the highest risk.

    Each increase in blood B12 levels by a single tiny unit -- called a "picomole" -- led to a 2 percent dip in Alzheimer's risk, according to the study in Neurology. What's more, the researchers found that every micromolar rise in the inflammation marker homocysteine upped Alzheimer's risk by 16 percent.

    Since B12 is known to lower those homocysteine levels, you'd have to be a card-carrying PETA activist not to see the answer here: Steak, steak and more steak, because it's loaded with the stuff.

    Just make sure you serve them so rare you can practically hear the moo, because well-done steaks can actually boost those homocysteine levels.

    This isn't the first study to find that B vitamins can beat Alzheimer's -- I've been recommending B6, B12, and folic acid as the ultimate dementia defeaters for years now.

    Recent studies back me up on that -- researchers have even found that those three Bs can actually stop your brain from shrinking, a key risk factor for dementia.

    Since B vitamins can also boost your mood, fight depression, improve your memory, and help keep your heart strong, there's no reason not to make every night steak night.

  2. B vitamins linked to heart health

    If you've been listening to the fat police and cutting back on meat, you're killing yourself -- and a new study proves it.

    Researchers have found that the essential B vitamins in meat, eggs and raw milk can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. That means if you're NOT eating these terrific foods, you've been living in High-Risk City.

    Japanese researchers say men with high levels of folate and B6 have a significantly lower risk of death by heart failure, while women with the highest levels of those same nutrients had the lowest risk of death by stroke, heart disease, and other cardiovascular conditions, according to the study in Stroke.

    And yet every day I hear some ninny telling people that a "heart healthy" diet means avoiding the best sources of the very nutrients that offer the most protection.

    What is wrong with these people? You'd have to be blind, deaf, dumb and vegan not to see the answer.

    The B vitamins work to lower homocysteine levels. Years ago, you were considered an alt-med kook for worrying about this amino acid, but that didn't stop me.

    Now, even the mainstream can see how homocysteine damages the arteries, allowing cholesterol to stick and leading to blood clots.

    When it comes to saving your life, forget the experts. Their bad low-fat advice caused our widespread health crisis in the first place, so they're the last people you should trust to undo the damage.

    The authors of the latest study have seen the light -- they're urging people to eat more B-friendly foods. Just don't overcook them, since burned meats also have been linked to high homocysteine levels.

    Eventually, the experts will be forced to come around and dish out the same advice... if they live long enough.

  3. Lower Homocysteine Levels in as Little as Two Weeks

    A recent study done in the Netherlands showed that betaine can lower homocysteine levels in as little as two weeks.

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