- In order for homocysteine to be of any use in the body, it must be broken down quickly into other components (cysteine, ATP, and SAMe).
- Fluoride increases HCY levels, which leads to atherosclerosis.
- breaks down into cysteine, ATP (an important source of cellular energy), and SAMe (sadenosylmethionine a common antidepressant supplement).
- plays a role in cell, tissue, and bone growth
- assists in insulin formation
- can act like a growth hormone
- cardiovascular disease (mainly atherosclerosis)
- has a toxic effect on cells lining the arteries, causing the blood to be more prone to clotting
- promotes the oxidation of LDL lipoproteins (bad cholesterol), making it more likely that cholesterol will be deposited as plaque in the blood vessels
Pam Duff, RN, CSNC