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What Is Homocysteine, and Why Should I Care About it?
By Scott Conard, M.D.

A: Homocysteine (HCY) is an amino acid, a fraction of protein like a sliver of broken glass. When it gets into your bloodstream in high concentrations it slices the delicate lining of your blood vessels.

When the tissues supplied by these blood vessels lose circulation, they will die. If this happens in your heart it is called a heart attack. If it happens in your brain it is called a stroke, some doctors even prefer the term brain attack.

Homocysteine has been studied in medicine behind the scenes for more than 40 years. Here is what we have found: Excessive levels of HCY have been linked to many serious conditions, from heart attacks and stroke to osteoporosis and Alzheimers disease. We know that low homocysteine equals a low risk of disease. Clearly, this is reason to care about HCY, and there are steps you can take to manage your own levels.

Nutrient supplements can help

If you reduce your HCY levels earlier in life you also reduce your chances of getting a homocysteine-related disease.

According to a noted medical study called NHANES, the risk of disease went up as the HCY levels went up. Diet and lifestyle efforts were able to keep HCY and disease risk low in most people. Another important study of HCY called VISP added the nutrients found in TriVitas HCY Guard to a lifestyle program and found that nutrient supplements could help people avoid illness if they started taking them early in life and consistently over time.

Other studies have shown, however, that if you wait until you have a heart attack or stroke to start taking your supplements and following a healthy lifestyle, you may improve your condition. It is important to know that long-term health benefits accrue only to those who start a healthy life-course early and remain consistent.

Specific nutrients help more

Basic nutrients from a healthy diet improve HCY levels in the bloodstream. TriVitas HCY Guard contains specific nutrients, such as Vitamin B-12, B-6, folic acid and biotin, which further reduce HCY levels and the destruction HCY causes to your bones, blood vessels and heart, as well as your delicate brain cells.

Additional nutrients in HCY Guard such as choline, inositol, CoEnzyme Q-10 and dimethylglycine keep the HCY levels down over time. The protein methionine promotes a healthy HCY cycle, and other proteins such as lysine, taurine and cysteine remove roadblocks to healthy HCY elimination. These roadblocks may include lead, mercury and other toxins.

Reducing HCY an incredible 35 percent

In 2004 TriVita launched a study of HCY Guard, a supplement for aggressively reducing homocysteine. Our research partner in this study was Mark Mattie, M.D., Ph.D. of Bridgeport University and Yale University. The results of the study showed that the complete ingredients found in HCY Guard helped the body reduce homocysteine an incredible 35 percent!

With this kind of reduction in HCY, we hope to see a further reduction in illness.

Healthy living is key

I want to emphasize that HCY Guard is protection, not treatment. Health comes only from healthy living. Have your homocysteine levels tested frequently. If they are low, keep them low with TriVitas Sublingual B-12. If they are too high, help reduce them by taking HCY Guard, the supplement that helps reduce HCY by 35 percent.

Additional Reference:

Homocysteine, Folic Acid and Cardiovascular Disease. American Heart Association. Available at:


Scott Conard, M.D., founded TienaHealth, an organization of medical doctors in primary care practice who emphasize healthy lifestyles to maintain wellness. Dr. Conard is considered a national expert on disease prevention. TienaHealth also conducts clinical trials.

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