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High Homocysteine

Also indexed as:Homocysteine (High), Hyperhomocysteinemia
The lower the better when it comes to homocysteine levels. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid
400 to 1,000 mcg of folic acid daily, 10 to 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily, and 50 to 300 mcg of vitamin B12 daily3 stars[3 stars]
Vitamin B6, folic acid, and vitamin B12 all play a role in converting homocysteine to other substances within the body and have consistently lowered homocysteine levels in trials.
Betaine (Trimethylglycine)
1.5 to 6 grams daily2 stars[2 stars]
Betaine (trimethylglycine) has been shown to lower homocysteine levels.
Folic Acid

(Sickle Cell Anemia)
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
In one trial, patients with sickle cell anemia who were given folic acid plus aged garlic extract, vitamin C, and vitamin E saw significant improvement and less painful crises.
Folic Acid

(Osteoporosis)
5 mg with 1,500 mcg of vitamin B12 daily2 stars[2 stars]
Homocystinuria, a condition associated with high homocysteine levels, frequently causes osteoporosis. By lowering homocysteine levels, folic acid may help prevent osteoporosis.
Lecithin (Phosphatidyl Choline)
2 grams daily choline or 34 grams daily lecithin2 stars[2 stars]
Choline has been shown to lower homocysteine levels.
Vitamin B12

(Osteoporosis)
1,500 mcg with 5 mg of folic acid daily2 stars[2 stars]
Homocystinuria, a condition associated with high homocysteine levels, frequently causes osteoporosis. By lowering homocysteine levels, vitamin B12 may help prevent osteoporosis.
Vitamin B2
1.6 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) supplementation has been shown to lower homocysteine levels in certain people.
Vitamin B6

(Pregnancy and Postpartum Support)
750 mg daily taken under the supervision of a doctor2 stars[2 stars]
Women who habitually miscarry have been found to have high homocysteine levels. Vitamin B6 may reduce these levels and increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid

(Schizophrenia)
Take folic acid (2 mg), vitamin B6 (25 mg), and vitamin B12 (400 mcg) daily2 stars[2 stars]
People with schizophrenia who have high homocysteine levels may improve symptoms by supplementing with folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.
Folic Acid

(Stroke)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Elevated blood levels of homocysteine have been linked to stroke risk in most studies. Supplementing with folic acid may lower homocysteine levels and reduce stroke risk.
Vitamin B12

(Stroke)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Elevated blood levels of homocysteine have been linked to stroke risk in most studies. Supplementing with vitamin B12 may lower homocysteine levels and reduce stroke risk.
Vitamin B6

(Osteoporosis)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Homocystinuria, a condition associated with high homocysteine levels, frequently causes osteoporosis. By lowering homocysteine levels, vitamin B6 may help prevent osteoporosis.
Vitamin B6

(Stroke)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Elevated blood levels of homocysteine have been linked to stroke risk in most studies. Supplementing with vitamin B6 may lower homocysteine levels and reduce stroke risk.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

 
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