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by 35 · November 08, 2012 at 6:02 AM

So far, I am getting results that contradict each other in my research concerning lowering homocysteine levels. On one end, planet-based diets are deficient in B6, B12, and folic acid which incurs a raised level of homocysteine in the blood. Upon... (more)

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Mscott 0 · November 08, 2012 at 6:02 AM

I was pretty much going to say what Matt said, so I'll just add this study: "The results of the present 6-mo intervention study clearly show that increasing dietary protein intake from 12% to 22% of total energy, with a corresponding increase... (more)

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by 1744 · September 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM

If I take methyl b12 and folate, will it deplete my b6, b2 and the others? Should I try to take them all? Trying to lower my homocysteine levels. I do have sort of bloodshot eyes which is b2 related, so maybe I shouldn't take folate and b12... (more)

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Mscott 0 · September 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Since vitamin B6 has a role in methylating (detoxifying) homocysteine, supplementing B12 and folate (since they can also perform this role) will likely spare B6 in the body. And because the conversion of pyridoxine (the form of B6 commonly found... (more)

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by 1648 · February 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Hey all, I just got my annual blood test. I'm an 85% paleo guy. The doctor tested for my homocysteine levels. The lab (and the Internets) say that the healthy homocysteine level is 3.7 to 13.9 umol/l. I'm a 15 -- far above the max! My three... (more)

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November 0 · February 08, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I thought wikipedia was pretty clear and helpful. "Homocysteine is not obtained from the diet." and it's got a published citation. It also points to 'chronic alcohol consumption (which can deplete your B... (more)

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by 1449 · October 21, 2011 at 9:24 AM

I recently found out (from 23andme) that I am heterogeneous (one copy of the "bad" gene) for the MTHFR C677T polymorphism. This means that my body has reduced ability to convert folate into the active form of folate (5-methyltetrahydrafolate).... (more)

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Gazelle 0 · October 20, 2011 at 9:52 PM

When I got pregnant my doctor discovered I have this "bad gene" too (also confirmed by 23andme) and prescribed Folapro which contains Metafolin, an active form of folate called L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate. My homocysteine level is around 5 though... (more)

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by 15070 · September 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Hi, what is the relationship between homocysteine levels and collagen synthesis? Dr Emily Deans wrote about it in her blog and it made me wanna know more. This first paper seems to support her idea that it causes a reduction in collagen while the... (more)

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D_K_ 0 · September 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

If lowering homocysteine with B vitamins doesn't reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, then how the hell does higher homocysteine levels cause heart disease? That doesn't make any sense.