Lower your homocysteine levels to reduce your risk of dementia by 31%
Homocysteine is an amino acid that actively participates in a biological process called methylation. During methylation, the biologically active form of folate (5-MTHF) transfers the methyl group to homocysteine so that it can be converted to another amino acid, methionine. When working optimally, methylation promotes cardiovascular, neurological, and reproductive health; promotes energy production; improves detoxification pathways; supports longevity; and more.
The problem is that over 50% of the US population has a genetic mutation in the MTHFR gene that inhibits the body’s ability to activate folate, so it cannot optimize methylation. If bioactive folate is not available to convert homocysteine during the methylation cycle (ie, due to a variation in the MTHFR gene or for other reasons such as poor diet, hormonal imbalance, stress, or exposure to toxins), homocysteine levels can become too high. .
Elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with a higher risk of chronic inflammation, poor detoxification, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, and yes, dementia.