Get a Homocysteine Test!
Dr. Kilmer McCully was a highly regarded physician at Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital until his controversial theories on heart disease cost him his research funding and his job. But his theories are now widely accepted by the medical and scientific community. Dr. McCully proposed the homocysteine theory of cardiovascular disease and has received numerous awards for his research. He published over 75 research articles in peer-reviewed journals from 1961 until 2004.
Two books for the general reader include: “The Homocycteine Revolution” and “The Heart Revolution”. The implications of this theory are of great importance for reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and other health problems. Dr. McCully shows how deficiencies of certain B-complex vitamins (B-6, B12 and folic acid (folate) can lead to a build up of an undesired amino acid in the blood. Optimizing the intake of these vitamins can save your heart!
Check out livestrong.com for foods containing, B6, B12 and folic acid, http://www.livestrong.com/article/260053-foods-with-b6-b12-folic-acid/ . However, vitamin supplementation may be necessary to top up food intake of these nutrients in cases of high homocysteine found in the blood.
At your next check-up, ask for a homocysteine test, especially if diet, exercise or your heart medications are not helping to reduce your cholesterol levels.
Another B vitamin that can influence the health of your heart is niacin (Vitamin B3). Check out the article in Life Extension Magazine, “Using Niacin to Improve Cardiovascular Health” byWilliam Davis, MD, March 2007.http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2007/mar2007_atd_01.htm