4 blood tests that could prevent heart disease and stroke

Homocysteine blood tests

2. Homocysteine

Homocysteine is an amino acid that is accumulated in the body, mainly from eating meat.

There is a strong relationship between high levels of homocysteine and artery damage that can lead to atherosclerosis, a big factor in heart disease.

Checking your homocysteine level through blood tests can also tell you whether you need more B vitamins, specifically B6, B9 and B12. A deficiency in these vitamins results in elevated homocysteine.

In addition, combined with low omega-3, elevated homocysteine is associated with a greater risk for dementia.

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Joyce Hollman

By Joyce Hollman

Joyce Hollman is a writer based in Kennebunk, Maine, specializing in the medical/healthcare and natural/alternative health space. Health challenges of her own led Joyce on a journey to discover ways to feel better through organic living, utilizing natural health strategies. Now, practicing yoga and meditation, and working towards living in a chemical-free home, her experiences make her the perfect conduit to help others live and feel better naturally.