Managing Your Homocysteine

What is Homocysteine?

Homocysteine, made from the amino acid methionine, is produced by the body and found in the blood. It should normally be present in very low quantities (Holford, 2004, p.136). Your body turns it either into the body’s most important antioxidant, glutathione, or into a methyl donor called SAMe (s-adenosyl methionine), a crucial type of “intelligent” nutrient for both brain and body (Holford, 2004, p.136).

The intra-cellular glutathione level indicates your antioxidant “IQ”. All the supplements, including antioxidants, taken daily will only be effective if they eventually raise the intra-cellular glutathione (Holford, 2004, p.138).

Similarly, the level of cellular SAMe measures your methyl “IQ” as it keeps the body’s biochemistry flexible by easily donating a methyl group, or accept one back (Holford, 2004, p.138).

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