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High Homocysteine

Also indexed as:Homocysteine (High), Hyperhomocysteinemia
The lower the better when it comes to homocysteine levels. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Get your beans and whole grainsIn one study, men with heart disease who ate whole-grain and a powder made from legumes at breakfast, instead of their usual breakfast of refined rice, significantly lowered their homocysteine.
Cut down on meat and eggsPresumably, it is advisable to avoid eating too much methionine, found in sources like meat and eggs, as homocysteine is produced from this compound.
Fill up folic acid–rich foodsStudies show foods containing folic acid may lower homocysteine. Try beans, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, beets, and wheat germ.

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