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Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke

The term Cardiovascular disease refers to a variety of conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. The most common ones are coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmia, and heart valve disease. Almost every one of these conditions is a lifestyle disease with a root cause of stress and inflammation. The good news is that lifestyle diseases mean we can heal and prevent them naturally. Empowering, right?

Scientific research in the last couple of decades has found a specific bio-marker in our blood that strongly correlates to these issues: Homocysteine. In fact, elevated homocysteine in the blood has a higher correlation to cardiovascular disease and stroke than elevated cholesterol levels.

homocysteineHomocysteine is an amino acid your body produces from another amino acid called methionine. It plays a vital role in various biochemical processes and in synthesizing proteins, DNA, and neurotransmitters. It is usually broken down and metabolized into other substances by Vitamins B6, B12, and folate. However, if you have a deficiency in these vitamins, you may have high homocysteine levels in your blood. This is called hyperhomocysteinemia, which damages blood vessels and can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia, and other health problems. You can check your homocysteine levels with a blood test to see if you are at risk.

Stress is another cause of homocysteine buildup in the blood. When stressed, your body produces more neurotransmitters, such as epinephrine and norepinephrine (Stress hormones), which are involved in the fight-or-flight response. These neurotransmitters are metabolized using the same methyl groups needed to break down homocysteine. Therefore, when stressed, you may use more methyl groups and have less available to convert homocysteine into other substances. This can lead to a buildup of homocysteine in your blood.

There are several natural ways to lower your homocysteine levels, which can benefit your heart and brain health. The most effective methods are:

1. Eating a balanced diet rich in folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. These vitamins are essential in breaking down homocysteine and converting it into other substances. Some of the best food sources of these vitamins are leafy greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, fruits, eggs, fish, beef liver, carrots, poultry, and nuts.

2. Taking B vitamin supplements, especially if you have a deficiency or a genetic mutation that affects your metabolism of homocysteine. We recommend two different B Vitamin supplements.

Standard Process Cataplex B-GF: Whole Food Supplement that includes ingredients like bovine liver, organic beets, organic carrots, and bovine adrenal, making it an excellent source of thiamin, niacin, and vitamin B6.
Seeking Health B Complex Plus: Contains a comprehensive blend of 8 essential B vitamins plus choline to support critical enzyme reactions and methylation and provide MTHFR support. Best for those who require methylation support. Order yours via our online supplement store, or pick one up on your next visit.

3. Exercise lowers homocysteine levels by improving blood flow, reducing inflammation, and enhancing the function of your cells and organs. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming.

4. Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake, as both tobacco and alcohol can increase homocysteine levels by interfering with the absorption and metabolism of B vitamins. Smoking can also damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

5. Reducing emotional stress and practicing relaxation techniques, as chronic stress can elevate homocysteine levels by triggering inflammation and oxidative stress in your body. Stress can also affect your mood, sleep, appetite, and immune system. Some ways to cope with stress include chiropractic adjustments, meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga.

6. We have already mentioned that chiropractic adjustments help reduce stress. Chiropractic adjustments reduce mechanical obstructions in the spine and central nervous system. Restoring joint mobility reduces inflammation and regulates your nervous system, which helps to transition it out of fight or flight and into rest and relaxation. This reduces stress hormones, which can help regulate homocysteine.

In conclusion, high homocysteine levels put you at a higher risk for stroke or cardiovascular disease. We can lower these risks by combatting homocysteine levels with diet, exercise, reducing stress, and- of course, chiropractic adjustments. We can naturally heal and decrease the risk of lifestyle diseases. What we can do if we add healthy habits to our lifestyles is incredible.

Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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