HYPOTHYROIDISM AND HOMOCYSTEINE
Homocysteine – How High Levels May be Contributing to Your Symptoms
Homocysteine is an essential amino acid that plays a vital role in the process of methylation – ie the transformation of biochemicals into others.
An increasing amount of research has shown that many diseases, including hypothyroidism, are associated with high levels of homocysteine in patients. If you have high levels of homocysteine this may be putting your health at risk. Levels of homocysteine are higher in patients with untreated hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism slows down the liver’s ability to convert homocysteine into inert substances that the body can deal with safely and easily.
It has been found that with treatment, high homocysteine levels can be lowered and the thyroid hormones, TSH and Thyroxine, can start to rebalance. Treatment with thyroid medications usually reduces high levels of homocysteine.
Diseases that correlate with high levels of homocysteine include:
- auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto’s,
- birth defects
- gluten sensitivity and celiac disease
- heart attacks
- high blood pressure
- kidney failure
- thyroid disease… plus many others.
Research at the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Ageing showed that hypothyroidism patients with high cholesterol levels also had high levels of homocysteine. This helps to explain the increased risk of arteriosclerosis and heart disease that can occur in patients with hypothyroidism.
Hashimoto’s is an auto-immune disease that is found in a high percentage of patients with hypothyroidism symptoms. Patients suffering from auto-immune diseases are commonly found to have high levels of homocysteine.
Vegetarians and vegans often suffer from a deficiency of Vitamin B12. This vital nutrient has been found to result in high levels of homocysteine. People suffering from autoimmune and hypothyroid diseases on a vegetarian or vegan diet should have their vitamin B12 and homocysteine levels tested regularly.
If you are suffering from hypothyroidism symptoms, it is possible that you also have high levels of homocysteine, contributing to you current state of ill health.
Testing your homocysteine levels is an important way to
- Assess your risk of diseases
- Monitor your ongoing response to supplements for lowering high homocysteine levels and improving your potential for good health.
Supplements that can help lower Homocysteine levels are:
- Vitamins B2, B6 and B12
- Folic Acid
- TMG (Trimethylglycine)
All these nutrients, plus some other helpful ones, can be found in one comprehensive supplement called Homocysteine Supreme by Designs for Health – a supplement that we have personally and successfully used ourselves. Homocysteine Supreme
For more information about Homocysteine and how you can reduce your high levels, to improve your health, read:
By James Braly and Patrick Holford.
You can obtain all the following nutrients: Vitamins B2, B6 and B12, Folic Acid,TMG (Trimethylglycine) and Zinc in the following comprehensive supplement: Homocysteine Supreme