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One of the biggest factors affecting the heart and other major body systems is high levels of homocysteine in the blood.
An important part of protein in many foods, it is essential that the diet provides methionine, as the body cannot make it. B vitamins are involved in the conversion process of methionine to cysteine and to other amino acids important to the body.
The body produces homocysteine naturally as a by-product of methionine producing other useful components for use in the brain and body, including the antioxidant glutathione.
However, a faulty DNA pattern or lack of B vitamins in the diet (B2, B6, B12 or folic acid) will reduce the body's ability to convert homocysteine further. If homocysteine accumulates in the bloodstream, the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems is increased.
However, high homocysteine depends on enzyme function, lifestyle choices, nutrition status and kidney function.