Dietary Recommendation

Experts agree that nutrition and lifestyle habits influence the homocysteine level (The American Heart Association, 2008; The American AcademyofFamily Physicians, 2008; Nabili, n.d.; Holford, 2004, p.142; Lipski, p.5).

To normalize the homocysteine level, Holford (2004) recommends his H Factor Diet, which is as follows: (p.143)

  • Maximum four servings a week of lean meat; fish (not fried) at least three times a week; and if not allergic or intolerant, a serving of a soy-based food or beans at least five times a week. Eat less fatty meat.
  • At least five servings of a variety of fruit or vegetables a day.
  • Either have a clove of garlic, or take a garlic supplement daily.
  • Limit or avoid use of salt
  • Reduce tea and coffee consumption. Use herbal teas and grain coffees instead.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Correct oestrogen deficiency.
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