The H Factor

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Staying healthy, happy, clearheaded, and full of energy into old age -- this is what we all want. But insuring that we do depends on how well we can "read" the state of our health. What if there was a single test that could do that, as well as point the way to a superhealthy future? Fortunately, there is. This test measures your level of homocysteine, an amino acid that is found naturally in the blood. High levels of homocysteine, or a high "H score," predicts your risk of more than 100 diseases and medical ...
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Overview

Staying healthy, happy, clearheaded, and full of energy into old age -- this is what we all want. But insuring that we do depends on how well we can "read" the state of our health. What if there was a single test that could do that, as well as point the way to a superhealthy future? Fortunately, there is. This test measures your level of homocysteine, an amino acid that is found naturally in the blood. High levels of homocysteine, or a high "H score," predicts your risk of more than 100 diseases and medical conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and depression. In fact, it is even more accurate than a cholesterol reading for predicting the risk of a heart attack or stroke. It also is the single best functional indicator of folate, B[subscript 12], and B[subscript 6] vitamin status. When homocysteine is high, one or more of these vitamins is low. Moreover, elevated homocysteine is an excellent biological marker for glutathione, SAMe, L-cysteine, and methyl donor deficiencies; when homocysteine is high, one or more of these critical anti-aging, health-promoting natural body chemicals is deficient.

In The H-Factor Solution, best-selling authors Dr. James Braly and Patrick Holford clearly explain what factors contribute to a high H score and how you can go about dramatically lowering your level to a risk-free range with simple dietary changes and nutrient supplementation. They also describe exciting advancements in laboratory testing and provide a clear definition of the optimal range for homocysteine. Based on groundbreaking research, this informative book is your guide to a superhealthy H score. Knowing your score and taking the appropriate steps to lower it and keep it low can add quality years to your life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781591200420
  • Publisher: Basic Health Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
A Note from Dr. Kilmer McCully ix
Foreword xi
Introduction 1
Part 1 The Homocysteine Story
1. The Health Secret of Homocysteine 9
2. What Is Homocysteine? 17
3. Ten Reasons to Lower Your Homocysteine 25
Part 2 How's Your Homocysteine?
4. Homocysteine--Your Most Vital Statistic 35
5. The Homocysteine Scale--From Sick to Superhealthy 43
6. The Risk Factors for High Homocysteine 47
7. How to Measure Your Homocysteine Level 53
Part 3 Medical Conditions Linked to High Homocysteine
8. Live to a Healthy 100 61
9. Heart Attacks and Strokes 69
10. Cancer 79
11. Diabetes and Thyroid Problems 85
12. Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease 91
13. Depression and Schizophrenia 97
14. Complications of Pregnancy and Infertility 103
15. Chronic Pain and Inflammation 111
16. Digestive Disorders 117
Part 4 The H-Factor Solution: Diet and Lifestyle
17. Eat High-Quality Protein and Fruits and Vegetables 123
18. Foods and Beverages to Avoid 139
19. Reduce Stress--and Stop Smoking! 149
20. Dieting Don'ts and Correcting Estrogen Deficiency 155
Part 5 H-Factor Supplements
21. Eat Right and Take Supplements 161
22. Supplementing with Folate 167
23. Supplementing with Vitamin B[subscript 12] 175
24. Vitamins B[subscript 6] and B[subscript 2], Zinc, and Magnesium--The Homocysteine Busters 179
25. TMG, SAMe, and Choline--The Premier Methyl Donors 187
26. The Synergy Principle--Why Multiple Nutrients Work Better 197
27. A Gentle Word of Caution about Supplements 201
A Review: Twelve Solutions for Superhealth 205
Appendices
A. The Biochemistry of Homocysteine 209
B. 100-Plus Medical Conditions Associated with High Homocysteine 210
Resources for Testing and Lowering Homocysteine 215
Recommended Reading 218
Notes 219
Index 235
About the Authors 241
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